May 16, 2014 9:32 am

Yorkton Tribal Council has doubts about report into boy’s slaying

Six-year-old Lee Bonneau was found severely beaten on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation on the night of Aug. 21.

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REGINA – The Yorkton Tribal Council is expressing doubt about some aspects of an investigation into the slaying of a six-year-old boy by a 10-year-old boy with developmental problems.

The Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth released a report earlier this week suggesting the 10-year-old boy, referred to as “Derek” in the report, should not have been in the community unsupervised.

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Bob Pringle said there were significant gaps in the aid provided to Derek by the tribal council’s child and family services office and called it a “disaster.”

Pringle said nine concerns were reported to the CFS office, but two were never even investigated and investigation on some of the others was delayed by months.

Raymond Shingoose, director of the CFS office, said Thursday they will check into the accuracy of some of Pringle’s statement and added he is unsure whether Pringle took into account other service providers who may have met with Derek.

Pringle responded that his people interviewed every staff member who had any role with the family, adding the Yorkton Tribal Council was given the report three weeks ago so they could check out the facts it presented.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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