Woman charged with failing to help dying girl
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – A woman has been charged with failing to provide medical care and necessities of life to 16-year-old Shannon Raymond whose lifeless body was found at a home where she had attended a social function.
“B.C. Attorney General’s office have laid charges against a 40-year -old female who is a former a resident of Maple Ridge, B.C., in relation to the sudden death of Shannon Raymond,” police announced at a press conference attended by the victim’s mom and senior RCMP officers.
“ At approximately 6:00 a.m. Saturday July 26, 2008, police, members of the B.C. Ambulance Service, and the Maple Ridge Fire Department were called to a home in Maple Ridge where they located the lifeless body of Shannon,” police said.
“She was 16 years old at the time of her death. Investigators were informed that Shannon had been attending a social function at a private residence. Police are alleging the accused failed to provide the necessaries of life and Crown has approved charges under Section 215 of the Criminal Code of Canada,” the statement said.
“ This has been a long investigation, under very trying circumstances. Police officers deal with sudden death files, and most of the time we find natural causes played the major role,” the statement said.
“ We don’t often have to deal with a teenager’s death. Shannon was in the care of the accused and was in medical distress, but this was not addressed,” police said.
“ The accused was arrested yesterday afternoon ( Oct 1, 2009) however her name cannot be released until she is formally arraigned and has an opportunity to answer to the charges.”
“ The accused next court appearance is set for October , 15, 2009 at Port Coquitlam Court House.
Superintendent Dave Walsh officer in charge of Ridge Meadows RCMP, said, “I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Raymond family. I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to lose a child. The last year has been difficult for all involved.”