VANCOUVER – A Surrey mother has been charged with failing to provide necessities and criminal negligence causing bodily harm after her young child was found starving to death.
“From what we heard from investigators, this is one of the most severe cases that they have investigated,” said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP.
The 23-year-old woman, who cannot be identified, appeared in court on Wednesday morning on the charges concerning her 27-month old son.
She has been released from custody and is slated to appear in court again on Sept. 9.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between April 7 and June 14.
“We became aware of this case on June 16 after a local-area hospital contacted our investigators…making allegations of child neglect,” said Paquet. “Our investigators became involved as soon as they received the call. Our Special Victim’s Unit took the investigation over. The child was apprehended, has been removed, was removed that day from the mother’s care and has been improving since.”
Paquet said a publication ban is in effect in order to protect the victim.
“What we’re trying to do here is ensure the child’s safety,” he added.
“The child has been improving since being removed from the care of the mother.”
The Surrey RCMP’s Special Victims Unit is continuing their investigation. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Special Victims Unit at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous. Please reference file number 2014-83639 when contacting police.
–With files from Rumina Daya.
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