Homicide details revealed

New details are emerging related to an alleged homicide in Penticton last year previously shrouded in mystery.

On April 2, 2017, police attended a Penticton apartment to assist the BC Ambulance Service with the sudden death of a 17-year-old boy.

The teen died of a drug overdose, but the ensuing investigation have led police to classify the death as a homicide. A 20-year-old woman was arrested and released without charge on Feb. 1, 2018 in relation to the death.

The incident wasn’t revealed to the public until the end of 2017, when Supt. Ted De Jager told Castanet News there had actually been four homicides in the city that year, instead of the previously known three.

De Jager refused to release any further details on the investigation until a news release on Feb. 6 announcing the arrest of the 20-year-old woman, the teen’s girlfriend.

However, search warrant records at the Penticton courthouse reveal details about the death of the teen. Due to the age of the victim and the lack of charges against the accused, Castanet News is withholding their names.

The accounts of police contained in the document, called Information to Obtain (ITO) a Search Warrant, have not been proven in court.

Police were called to a Penticton apartment building April 2, 2017 at 12:45 p.m., arriving to find the Penticton Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service performing CPR on a teenage boy.

A cursory search of the apartment by an officer found a bag of empty prescription pill bottles.

In an interview with a police officer, the 20-year-old woman said the teen had been sick and throwing up for the previous few days, and requested some of her morphine to dull the pain.

Her boyfriend has been staying with her at her parent's house for the previous four days during spring break.

She had the morphine — which needed to be melted out of capsule form and injected — for her own pain.

She told Const. Dixon after giving him “a little bit” the night prior, she injected the teen again the following morning at his request.

“I had to do it for him, he doesn’t know how,” she told Const. Dixon, according to the ITO.

The interview was taking place while BC Ambulance crews were still working on the teen. When she overheard them say, “he’s gone,” she became visibly distraught.

At one point, she spontaneously said, “I feel really stupid now, I should have, I should have known.”

She told Const. Dixon she didn’t know exactly how much morphine she injected her boyfriend with, but said the capsules she used were less than 100 mg, and he had less than one capsule that day.

While she was helping her boyfriend to the bathroom later that morning, he began to seize and she called 911. She said he fainted the previous night and had not eaten that day.

A search warrant approved by a judge and carried out that same day recovered drug paraphernalia, empty pill bottles, prescription drugs, magic mushrooms and other personal belongings.

The documents indicate the file is being investigated as a death caused by criminal negligence, but no charges have been formally laid.

In their announcement of the woman’s arrest and release on Feb. 6, police said "further investigation" is pending.

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