6-year-old girl killed in Kasabonika Lake; suspect charged

Police have charged a suspect in the death of a six-year-old girl from the Kasabonika Lake First Nation, in northwestern Ontario.

Officers with the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service were called to a residence on Wednesday to investigate a report that a girl had been assaulted.

Ontario Provincial Police, who are now directing the investigation, say family members took the girl to a medical centre where she was pronounced dead.

Police say that on the same day 21-year-old Lanny Edward Mekanak of the Kasabonika Lake First Nation was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

He was scheduled to appear in court Friday in Sioux Lookout, Ont.

Police, meanwhile, said a post-mortem on the girl’s body had been scheduled for Friday in Toronto.

 

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