The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has concluded its investigation into the tragic death of a child in Victoria.
The police watch dog released its findings on November 28th, stating they have found no connection to the actions or inaction of Victoria Police surrounding the child’s passing n March, 2022.
On March 24th of last year, VicPD responded to a request to conduct a wellness-check in the early morning hours on a mother and child.
Later that same day, the woman contacted paramedics concerning the child’s condition, both were transported to hospital—sadly, the infant was pronounced deceased later that night.
The incident occurred in the 900-block of Johnson Street.
Both the IIO and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU)were conducting investigations into the death.
“The IIO has reviewed all available evidence, and determined there is no connection between the actions or inaction of police and the subsequent death of the child,” stated IIO in its final update on the case.
After the child’s death, the VIIMCU assumed control of the investigation for a brief period before transferring it back to VicPD’s major crime unit on March 31st, 2022.
The IIO’s mandate encompasses examining all incidents involving officers that result in serious harm or death, irrespective of whether allegations of misconduct are made.
While the IIO investigation has been closed, VicPD’s investigation remains ongoing.