Toddler in Peguis homicide had contact with CFS: minister

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s embattled child welfare agency is under scrutiny again, after officials confirmed a dead toddler had at some point been in the care of Child and Family Services.

RCMP announced Wednesday the death of a 21 month old girl on Peguis First Nation was being treated as a homicide.

Thursday, a minister in Manitoba’s NDP government confirmed the child had been in care but refused to provide more details.

“There was involvement with Child and Family Services with this family, I’m not able to share what the specific involvement was,” Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross told Global News in Winnipeg. She wouldn’t say if the child was in foster care, or had been reunited with her biological parents.

RCMP say the little girl was brought from Peguis First Nation to nearby Percy E. Moore Hospital in Hodgson “in medical distress” at about 3 p.m. on July 17. She died later that evening.

The child has not been identified, and police released no information on the cause of her death. There have been no arrests in the case.

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Toddler in Peguis homicide had contact with CFS: minister