Police release further details on discovery of deceased infant, arrest of mother

Photo by Logan Cadue/Kingstonist.

Content warning: This article contains details of alleged child neglect and the death of an infant, which may be distressing to readers.

Kingston Police have released further information on the case of a deceased infant located by a Family and Children’s Services worker alone in an apartment with another child.

As previously reported, Kingston Police were called to an apartment building on Russell Street on the afternoon of Friday, May 31, 2024, to assist a worker with Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (FCSFLA, which serves the City of Kingston as well as the Counties of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington). According to police, the Family and Children’s Services worker had attended the apartment and found two children alone – no parent was at the location and, tragically, one of the children was already deceased.

On Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, Kingston Police reported that officers were able to locate the children’s mother at a Napanee address, where she was arrested later that day (Friday, May 31, 2024). The 32-year-old woman was subsequently charged with criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide the necessities of life, and two counts of abandoning a child under 10 years old.

Due to an immense amount of rumours and misinformation on social media, Kingstonist pressed Kingston Police for further information about the other child in this case and what the condition of that child is currently. Kingston Police have now provided further details, however, it is important to note that, during the bail hearing for the accused woman, a publication ban was put in place preventing the identification of the children and the accused woman. Publication bans on criminal cases involving minors are commonplace and are often put in place to prevent the identifying of the children involved in a case by the media. With a publication ban in place, police cannot release information that could lead to the identification of the children involved.

As per the charges against the children’s mother, both children were under the age of 10.

According to police, the two children “left abandoned” in the Russell Street apartment were brothers. Police confirmed again that the deceased child located in the apartment was an infant, and described the other child as “a toddler.”

Police disclosed that it is unclear at this time how long the infant was deceased prior to being discovered, noting that aspect of the case is “still under investigation.”

“The cause of death is still under investigation, with the help of the Coroner and the Eastern Ontario Regional Forensic Pathology Unit,” Constable Ash Gutheinz told Kingstonist.

Gutheinz also addressed the condition of the older child.

“The surviving toddler has received medical care and is expected to survive,” he said.

Gutheinz reiterated that police will not be identifying the accused woman, as per the publication ban.

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