Boy, 6, killed by a child under 12
Sep 3, 2013 / 2:59 pm
RCMP say they believe a child under 12 is responsible for the death of a six-year-old boy on a Saskatchewan reserve.
Staff Sgt. Larry Brost says the child from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation cannot be charged because of his age.
"Because the person investigators feel is responsible for this homicide is under the age of 12, the child cannot be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act," Brost said Tuesday at a news conference.
He said the child suspect was known to police before the killing, but the two children did not know each other.
Social Services spokeswoman Andrea Britten said the child is in the ministry's care. The department will focus on his treatment and on the safety of the community, she said.
"He is a child in need of protection and it is our responsibility to ensure he receives the treatment that he requires," Britten said. "Those treatment needs are going to change as he grows older."
Lee Bonneau died in hospital last month from head injuries that police have said were consistent with an assault.
Brost said a "weapon of opportunity" was used, but it may never be clear what exactly happened.
"This is a unique case. We may never find that answer."
There is no evidence to suggest there may be other suspects, he said.
"There's no other person at this point in time in the investigation that could be responsible for this other than this child," Brost said.
He said Lee was last seen walking with the suspect outside the community's recreation centre, where Lee's foster mother had gone to play bingo.
RCMP received the initial report of a missing child on Aug. 21. The child was found about 20 minutes later in a wooded area about two blocks from the centre.
Brost said police have not been able to find anyone who witnessed what happened.
Authorities have said Bonneau, who was not a member of the First Nation, was in the care of the Ministry of Social Services. His foster home was just off the reserve.
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