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Winnipeg Police arrest mother in connection with her toddler's death

The Winnipeg Police arrest a mother in connection with her toddler's death
Child Abuse Unit's Investigation Leads to Charge of Failing to Provide Necessaries of Life. (File Photo)

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff

Winnipeg, March 31, 2024 - The Winnipeg Police Service's Child Abuse Unit has made a significant breakthrough in the case of one-year-old Romeo Stewart, whose tragic death in late December 2022 was attributed to high levels of fentanyl and carfentanyl intoxication. After an exhaustive investigation, authorities have arrested and charged the 33-year-old biological mother with Failing to Provide the Necessaries of Life.

On December 29, 2022, when emergency services responded to a distress call from a residence in the 300 block of Sherbrook Street. Upon arrival, paramedics found Romeo Stewart unresponsive, and despite efforts to revive him, he was pronounced deceased upon arrival at the hospital.

The subsequent autopsy and toxicology reports revealed that the toddler's tragic demise was a result of exposure to dangerously high levels of fentanyl and carfentanyl within the residence. This grim discovery prompted the Child Abuse Unit to launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Romeo's untimely death.

After months of work, investigators concluded that Romeo had been exposed to these lethal substances within his home. Consequently, the Manitoba Prosecution Service authorized the charge of Failing to Provide the Necessaries of Life against the child's biological mother.

On March 29, 2024, the 33-year-old mother voluntarily went to police headquarters, where she was arrested and processed by investigators. She was then released via an undertaking, pending further legal proceedings.


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