Non-profit charged with failure to provide necessities of life

Caregiver charged in death

A Coquitlam non-profit and one of its caregivers have been charged following a 15-month investigation into the death of a 54-year-old woman. 

The BC Prosecution Service has approved charges against Astrid Charlotte Dahl, 51, and Kinsight Community Society, a charitable organization that provides support for families of people with developmental delays and disabilities.

Coquitlam RCMP launched an investigation after a developmentally disabled woman was found dead in a home on Oct. 13, 2018. 

Both Dahl and Kinsight have been charged with the failure to perform legal duty to provide the “necessities of life,” which includes such things as food, shelter, medical attention and protection from harm. Dahl has also been charged with criminal negligence causing death.

“This has been an exhaustive investigation into the care of the victim in the years and months leading up to her death,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Michael McLaughlin in a press release. “This is a very sad situation. We know these charges can’t bring the victim back but perhaps they give a voice to a vulnerable person who couldn’t speak for herself.”

Coquitlam RCMP said Dahl and the director of Kinsight have been summoned to appear in court March 9.

Among the programs Kinsight provides are housing, employment, skill development and support for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. It also provides housing for adults, include shared living, semi-independent living and staffed homes with ongoing support, according to the organization’s website.

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