Update: Woman arrested after deceased infant found in downtown Kingston residence

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

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, at 11:02 a.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

Police have arrested a Kingston woman after making a tragic discovery during a welfare check call.

On the afternoon of Friday, May 31, 2024, Kingston Police and Frontenac Paramedics attended a residence on Russell Street to check on the welfare of a resident at that location. Police would not give further details on the nature of the call that brought them to the residence.

During the course of the welfare check, an infant was located in the home already deceased. Police confirmed this information with Kingstonist on Monday, Jun. 3, 2024, but were not forthcoming with many details about the occurrence, which is still under investigation, according to Constable Anthony Colangeli, a Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police.

Colangeli did say that an adult female was arrested. He did not disclose further information nor details of the charges laid against the woman, however, the accused was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Monday. Although Kingstonist attempted to attend that court hearing virtually, technical issues with the streaming platform prevented that from happening.

According to Constable Ash Gutheinz, another Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police, the accused party was not arrested at the residence. He did not say whether the accused woman was at the residence when police attended, nor what she is accused of. Gutheinz did disclose that the accused is 32 years old.

Kingston Police are expected to release further information on this incident later today, Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024. Kingstonist will provide further coverage of this matter as more details become available.

Update (Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, at 4:12 p.m.):
Kingston Police have now confirmed that the woman arrested after a deceased infant was discovered in a Russell Street home on Friday, May 31, 2024, is, in fact, that infant’s mother.

In a press release on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2024, police also revealed that their assistance at the residence was requested by Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington after a representative from that organization attended the residence — an apartment in a building on Russell Street, located between Patrick and Kent Streets. The Family and Children’s Services worker had located two children alone in the apartment, one of whom was the already deceased infant, police disclosed.

“No parent was present at this location,” said police, who described the children as having been “left abandoned.”

“After further investigation, members of the Kingston Police Major Crime Unit located the mother of the two children at an address in Napanee. At approximately 8:10 p.m. detectives arrested this individual and subsequently transported them to police headquarters where they were held to attend a bail hearing,” Kingston Police continued in the press release.

According to police, the 32-year-old woman has been charged with:

  • Criminal negligence causing death
  • Failing to provide necessities of life
  • Two counts of abandoning a child under 10 years old

Police further said that the investigation in this case remains ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Joel Fisher at 613-549-4660 ext. 6338, or via email at [email protected].

Those with information who do not want to disclose their identity can share that information with police by calling the Kingston Police general number (613-549-4660 ext. 0) and requesting to remain anonymous.

Kingstonist has inquired with Kingston Police about the status of the other child found in the home. Further coverage of this matter will be provide as more information becomes available.

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