Friday, August 27, 2010

Baby dies in hospital; police search for father (London, Ontario, Canada)

Police are searching for dad ROURKE DESMANCHE, who is wanted on crack cocaine and assault charges against his 7-month-old infant (who has subsequently died) and 3-year-old child.

Notice that there are vague references to other "family members," but no specific mention of a mother in this home. Is there one?


Friday, August 27, 2010 News Canada
Baby dies in hospital; police search for father
By QMI Agency

Last Updated: August 27, 2010 10:15am

LONDON, Ont. - Police are hunting for Rourke Desmanche, the father of an infant who has now died in a London,. Ont., hospital after being found not breathing in a city home in early August.

The infant, who was seven weeks old when he was rushed to hospital Aug. 2, died Friday morning.

Police say they’re working with the regional coroner’s office to investigate the death, which they are treating as “suspicious.”

The infant had been listed in critical condition at the London Health Sciences Centre since being taken to hospital Aug. 2 shortly before midnight.

Desmanche, 21, is wanted for possession of crack cocaine and two counts of assault, relating to the baby as well as a three-year-old found in the home.

Whether Desmanche’s charges could be upgraded is still being looked into.

“There will need to be consultation with the crown attorney to see what other charges could be applicable,” said Const. Amy Phillipo.

A Facebook page indicates family members have been gathering at the hospital since Wednesday to say goodbye to the child.

The family has also put an ad on kijiji, the free classified website, with a picture of Desmanche, asking for the public’s help in locating him