NORTH BAY — Four people have been charged with manslaughter in the death of a 23-month-old child who was found without vital signs at an East Ferris residence more than a year ago, Ontario Provincial Police said Saturday.
On Jan. 15, 2020, the North Bay detachment of the OPP received a call from North Bay and District Ambulance Service about a 23-month-old child who was found with vital signs absent at a residence in East Ferris Township, just outside North Bay.
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The child was pronounced deceased.
The investigation by the North Bay OPP crime unit, under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch, and with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service resulted in the arrests made on Wednesday and Thursday.
Women aged 30 and 56 and a man aged 57 from East Ferris and a 35-year-old man from North Bay have all been charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life.
The 30-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were remanded into custody pending a bail hearing. The 56-year-old woman and 57-year-old man were released from custody on an appearance notice and are scheduled to appear in Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on May 4.
Anyone with information regarding this incident was asked to contact the North Bay OPP at 705-495-3878 or 1-888-310-1122 or to contact Crime Stoppers either by telephone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) on online at www.nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.
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