A man has been charged after the foster child he was taking care of died this week, Winnipeg police say.
The 22-year-old man was charged with criminal negligence causing death after his 10-month-old foster child died in hospital on Tuesday.
The baby boy suffered head injuries before being rushed to hospital in critical condition, Winnipeg police Const. Rob Carver said Thursday at a news conference.
Carver wouldn’t say who took the infant to hospital or whether the foster parent and child are biologically related.
“The protocol within the hospital is if one of the medical professional sees what they believe are injuries that could raise flags or are consistent with potential abuse, Winnipeg police are contacted and we send out the child abuse unit,” Carver said.
“I can’t say what investigators suspect. I can tell you that the evidence that’s in front of us at this point merited this charge,” Carver said. “There’s certainly a potential that the charge could be changed or additional charges could be laid.”
Carver said the name of the accused is not being released to protect the identity of the child. The man was taken into custody.
A provincial spokesperson said this is an active police investigation and the government is restricted from releasing details under the Child and Family Services Act.
“If a young person receiving services from a Child and Family Services agency dies and there is a criminal investigation, the criminal investigation does take precedence over other reviews,” the Department of Families spokesperson wrote in an email.
“If a child in care under the age of 18 dies, the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) will do a special investigation review.”
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