June 16, 2014 5:31 pm

Cause of baby’s death in CFS care ruled undetermined

WINNIPEG – A grieving family’s search for answers continues despite a completed medical examiner’s report.

Matias de Antonio was only one month old when he died in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services on March 27.

“There are many many many question that we are asking to many people and they don’t know how to answer,” said Carlos Burgos, Matias’ uncle.

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A copy of the medical examiner’s report obtained by Global News showed Matias’ cause of death is undetermined, even though overheating and suffocation cannot be ruled out.

“If you see the comments it says something else,” Burgos said. “It points somewhere else.”

The report outlines the circumstances leading up to Matias’ death.

He was wearing a jumper, jeans, socks on his hands and feet and a toque. It also states, it’s believed a CFS worker covered his face with a blanket.

“It means to me suffocation,” Burgos said. “They didn’t say it but that’s why my family and I believe.”

Matias’ mom says she still doesn’t know why her little pride and joy was taken from her.

“I need answers,” said Maria Burgos. “They destroyed me and my family and my husband.”

On Monday Matias’ family met with the medical examiner hoping to get some answers. They want another autopsy to be done.

“We have to stop this,” said Carlos.

A statement from the province says CFS is reviewing the case to see if there are possible changes in procedures or policies that would further protect children in care.

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