WINNIPEG — When baby Matias De Antonio died in Child and Family Services care in March, there were many questions, and his family’s still asking them almost two months later.
“We’re still waiting for someone to tell us what happened that day,” said Carlos Burgos, Matias’ uncle.
A hospital report obtained exclusively by Global News provides new details about the day of Matias’ death.
According to the report, on March 27 as a CFS worker was driving the baby back to his foster parents, “the driver reported hearing the infant crying once or twice during the trip. Upon arrival to Costco, foster mother’s daughter went to get infant from the car when she found infant blue, not breathing and unresponsive.”
After unsuccessful attempts to revive the baby at St. Boniface Hospital, “infant was baptized in front of the foster parents. The biological mother and her family were also present and held infant before he was declared dead,” the report says.
The report also says the death wasn’t intentional, but doesn’t explain why the baby stopped breathing.
A coroner’s report is expected in a few weeks.
“I just want to know why the baby died,” said Maria Herrera Burgos, Mathias’ mother.
Since 2005, there have been at least five deaths of children in CFS care. Mathias died just months after the conclusion of the inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair, whose CFS file was closed not long before she was killed by her mother and stepfather at age 5.
For the Burgos family, the death of Matias is an inconsolable loss, made worse by a lack of answers.
“Terrible. They destroyed me,” said Herrera. “I want justice.”
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