Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dad charged with manslaughter in death of 2-month-old son (St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada)

Dad SHAWN GALLANT has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his 2-month-old son.


Dad charged in baby's death
CRIME: St. Thomas infant died at a London hospital in May 2008


Last Updated: 26th January 2010, 12:37am

The father of a St. Thomas infant found unconscious and not breathing nearly two years ago has been charged with manslaughter.

Two-month-old Lucas Rozell Gallant was found by his mother, Jennifer Rozell, in their Parkside Dr. home on May 5, 2008.

The baby was taken by ambulance to Elgin General Hospital, then transferred to London Health Sciences Centre, where he died two days later.

After a "lengthy" investigation, police charged the baby's father, who has since moved to the Niagara area where he was arrested Thursday.

"Because it's an infant, there was a lot of medical evidence required and it took a long time for the pathologist to come to some conclusions and give us their opinions," said Det.-Sgt. Chris Perrin.

The baby's family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Charged with manslaughter is Shawn Gallant, 23.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated matter, Perth OPP continue to investigate the death of a one-month-old infant from Mitchell.

Police have identified Skyla Lynn Rivet as the child who died from injuries Jan. 16. The nature of the injuries hasn't been released. An autopsy was done last week.

Results of the autopsy were not released.

The baby was taken to Stratford General Hospital on Jan. 15, where she was stabilized and transferred to Children's Hospital at the London Health Sciences Centre. The baby remained in the critical care unit overnight, but died the next day.

The infant's family lives on Ontario Rd., also known as Hwy. 8, which is the main thoroughfare in Mitchell. The family lives in an apartment above a store.