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Quebec coroner says more diligent police search could have saved life of Cree teen

A 16-year-old Cree girl might still be alive had police spent further than 10 twinkles looking for her after she had fallen into a gutter, a Quebec coroner has set up.

Neebin Icebound failed of hypothermiaOct. 9, 2022, in the Cree community of Waswanipi, about 490 kilometres northwest of Quebec City. Beforehand that morning, police entered a call reporting a incompletely naked woman lying on the ground near an abecedarian academy, Coroner Karine Spenard wrote in her report on Icebound’s death.

Three officers–two from the Quebec parochial police and one from the Cree police service– responded, but they only spent around 10 twinkles looking for the teenager, using the lights on their buses and a flashlight to search in the dark, foggy morning.

“I find it astonishing that the hunt didn’t continue longer or in a broader manner,” Spenard wrote in her report dated Sept. 7, adding that police drove by the road where Icebound would be set up two hours latterly.

Given the cold wave, stormy rainfall, with temperatures around the freezing point, it would have been wise for police to have searched a larger area, the coroner said.

“This woman could have been the victim of a felonious act–intoxicated or simply ill, ” Spenard wrote. “ As the police didn’t have this information, it was twice important to be watchful. ”

Icebound would be set up by passersby–who reported to police that she was having trouble breathing–shortly before 630 a.m., around 200 metres from where police had been looking. By the time Icebound arrived at the Waswanipi clinic about 30 twinkles latterly, she had no palpitation, the coroner said. Medical staff tried to revive her for further than an hour before they declared her dead.

Spenard concluded that Icebound’s death was accidental–there were no signs of foul play and it appears Icebound took off her own clothes after they came soaked with water.

Icebound had been drinking with some musketeers near the academy, Spenard said, and was veritably drunk when the group decided to visit another part of city. She was having trouble walking and traced behind her musketeers. At some point she fell into a water- drenched gutter, and her friend, who had been helping her walk, left her there, the coroner said.

Images from a security camera, attained by police investigators, show her crawling on the ground near an abecedarian academy shortly after 4 a.m., wearing only a short- sleeved shirt, the coroner wrote.

The friend who had been with her was driven home by a police officer not long after 230a.m. She witnessed that she had doubly told officers that Icebound had fallen in a gutter and that they should go look for her.

Spenard wrote that an officer who drove the friend home witnessed that the youthful woman had made commentary he could n’t understand during the short drive and that he did n’t know she had been talking about Icebound.

The coroner said the fiefdom’s execution service decided not to lay felonious charges against the officers who had searched for the teenager.

“Still, it appears to me that the geste of the three police officers and the way they searched for a naked woman outside on a cold night deviates from the way professionals sworn to cover and serve the public should act, ” she wrote.

While she said it’s not her job to lay blame, she recommended that the fiefdom’s police ethics manager probe the officers ’ conduct and that parochial police and the Cree Eeyou Eenou Police Service review how the hunt was conducted.

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