New report details list of system failures in toddler's death in 2018
A new report is once again putting the spotlight on the organizations that are assigned to keep kids safe.
On Wednesday, the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse (CDPDJ) released the results of a yearlong investigation into the death of Rosalie Gagnon, a two-year-old girl who was found dead in a garbage bin in Quebec City last year.
Her mother, Audrey Gagnon, has been charged with second degree murder and committing an indignity to a body. Her trial is expected to begin in September.
The CDPDJ said it discovered a miscomprehension of roles, mandates and objectives between the local youth protection agency and a shelter for women in distress. Rosalie and her mother were evicted from the Maison Marie-Rollet shelter on April 12 of 2018. She was found dead six days later.
The investigation found a breakdown in communication between the DPJ and the shelter "caused problems of collaboration and transmission of information essential to the protection of this child."
Following the release of the report, Junior Health and Social Services Minister Lionel Carmant said the DPJ has three months to improve its communications with community groups. He added the department must offer better services to those groups as well.
The new report comes about two weeks after a 7-year-old girl from Granby was found in critical condition at her father's home. She later succumbed to her injuries. Her father and stepmother have been charged in connection with her death.
It was later revealed the girl's extended family had contacted the DPJ about the girl's situation several times before her death.