Social services apologize to family of boy who drowned in foster care

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services made a formal apology to the family of a Evander Daniels who drowned while in foster care in 2010. Supplied

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan’s Minister of Social Services made a formal apology Friday to the family of a boy who died while in foster care. Twenty-two-month-old Evander Daniels drowned in a bathtub of scalding water in 2010.

Daniels was living in a foster home which the ministry had approved for three children but five were living there at the time.

Minister Donna Harpauer made the apology during a community feast in Sturgeon Lake, Sask.

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The boy’s father, Chris Martell, says he accepts the apology.

“At first, just reliving that stuff in my head, I was angry and mad and overwhelmed with emotions – it hit me so hard and fast,” said Martell.

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“As soon as we got the ceremony started and everybody had good spirits and everything I felt good and the apology felt good.”

Martell walked for five days from Saskatoon to Sturgeon Lake to attend the event.

Several weeks ago he said he planned to file a lawsuit against the ministry but on Friday he declined to comment on whether he will go through with it.

With files from Amber Rockliffe

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