UPDATE – Death of One Year-old Female Child Changes Investigation: Regina Police

Regina, Saskatchewan – An ongoing investigation, involving the alleged physical abuse of a one year-old female child, has become a death investigation. The original charge, against a 20 year-old Regina male, was that of Aggravated Assault; however, the death of the victim has changed the investigation.

The condition of the victim was monitored by the Regina Police Service since the start of this investigation. On the evening of Friday, October 9, 2020, police were notified of the death of the child in hospital. Since that time, the Regina Children’s Justice Centre* and RPS Major Crimes Unit have been working with the Saskatchewan Coroners Service and the Crown to determine appropriate next steps in this case. The accused in the Aggravated Assault has been remanded into custody until October 20th, after a brief court appearance today (Thursday, October 15, 2020).

(File Photo) Baby Death
(File Photo) Baby Death

There are no other details for release at this time. The Regina Police Service will update the public as soon as more information is available.

*The Regina Children’s Justice Centre is an integrated unit, made up of police investigators, child protection workers from the Ministry of Social Services, child abuse physicians from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the Crown Prosecutor’s Office.

BACKGROUND

OCTOBER 9, 2020

A 20 year-old male has been charged with aggravated assault, endangering the life of a one year-old girl, following an investigation by the Regina Children’s Justice Centre*.

This investigation began on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, when patrol members were dispatched, at 5:24 p.m., to hospital for a report that EMS was en route to the hospital with a critically-injured, one year-old, female child. EMS advised that the child’s injuries were suspected to be the result of physical abuse. Once at the hospital, the child received medical treatment, which is ongoing at this time. Police investigators from the Regina Children’s Justice Centre were requested. Although this investigation is still ongoing, investigators determined there was sufficient evidence to charge an adult male, who is not related to the victim, but lives in the same residence.

Twenty year-old Bailey Carter Lance PEEPEETCH, of Regina, is charged with Aggravated Assault, contrary to section 268(1) of the Criminal Code. PEEPEETCH made his first court appearance on this charge in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2020. This investigation is ongoing; anyone with information is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

*The Regina Children’s Justice Centre is an integrated unit, made up of police investigators, child protection workers from the Ministry of Social Services, child abuse physicians from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and the Crown Prosecutor’s Office.

Regina Police Service



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