3-year old who was attacked this week in Winnipeg was taken off of life support

Hunter Straight-Smith, the three year old boy who was attacked Wednesday morning was taken off life support Saturday says a spokesperson for the family.

“Taking life support off Hunter please say a prayer for the family any moment,” Darryl Contois wrote in a Facebook post.

“Hunter has died 410 pm,” Contois later posted.

Hunter was stabbed multiple times at a home in the city’s North End early Wednesday morning.

Shortly after the attack the toddler was rushed to hospital where he remained.

Police have charged Daniel Jensen with attempted murder and assault causing bodily harm, among other charges.

On Friday, Cont. Jay Murray with the Winnipeg Police Service said charges against the accused could be upgraded.

Jensen was previously in a relationship with Hunter’s mother, but police say he’s not the biological father.

Police believe Jensen assaulted the mother at a different location before he went to the North End home and attacked Hunter.

“Certainly if an individual passes away as a result of an assault we’ll look at upgrading charges,” said Murray.

A vigil was held Friday afternoon outside Winnipeg’s children’s hospital.

“They’re very distraught with what has happened with Hunter,” Contois said at the time. “They’re lost in words. They’re heart is hurting and our heart is hurting with them.”

Reporter / Winnipeg

Brittany joined the APTN news team in October 2016. She is Ojibway and a member of the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba. Before coming to APTN, she graduated with a joint degree in communications from the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.