Child dies in east end of St. John’s

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RNC not providing details, not labelling death suspicious

RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald speaks with reporters on Ennis Avenue in St. John’s about the Monday morning death of a boy visiting the province from Ontario. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

A trip to Newfoundland and Labrador turned tragic Monday morning when an eight-year-old boy visiting from Ontario died in St. John’s.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was called by paramedics to a home on Ennis Avenue at

11:30 a.m. Monday. By the time officers arrived, the boy had already been transported to the Health Sciences Centre, where he was pronounced dead.

Police would not provide details on what events transpired prior to the boy’s death, but based on preliminary work conducted by the major crimes unit, the RNC said it does not consider the death to be suspicious.

“At this point, with the information that we do have, we do not believe that this is a suspicious death,” said Const. Suzanne FitzGerald, who added the office of the chief medical examiner will conduct its own investigation to determine the exact cause of death.

As of late Monday afternoon, the RNC’s major crimes unit was continuing to investigate the death.

FitzGerald said the boy and his family had travelled from Ontario to visit family in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“A parent should never have to go through this, losing a child, and out of direct respect for the family members, we’re not going to provide any details in terms of what transpired and how this eight-year-old died this morning.”

arobinson@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Ennis Avenue

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  • mary
    September 14, 2011 - 06:49

    very tragic to be on vacation and lose a family member. my prayers are with the family at this difficult time

  • B Samson
    September 13, 2011 - 17:12

    My thoughts and prayers are with you's, may he rest in peace.

  • Joan
    September 13, 2011 - 09:21

    I would like to thank everyone for there Prayers. It is a hard time for my family and knowing that your prayers are with us helps with the pain.

  • Robb
    September 13, 2011 - 07:41

    So very sorry for the family at this time of mourning....may God bless you.

    • DIANE
      September 13, 2011 - 08:28

      MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS R WITH THE FAMILY AT THIS TIME.......I PRAY THAT U WILL GET THROUGH THIS HARD TIME.......REMEMBER HE IS GODS ANGEL......R.I.P.

  • Peggy
    September 13, 2011 - 07:12

    This situation is heart-wrenching. The family members must be in total overwhelming grief and shock. Mere words cannot convey appropriate condolences. God bless you.