Child services failed accused child killer and 6-year-old victim: Report

Lee Allan Bonneau, 6, died Wednesday on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Sask., under what police...

Lee Allan Bonneau, 6, died Wednesday on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Sask., under what police call "suspicious" circumstances. (photo: RCMP)

Sheena Goodyear, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

Neither a 10-year-old accused murderer or the six-year-old boy he allegedly beat to death received the services they needed leading up to the grisly crime, Saskatchewan's children's advocate says.

In a report released Wednesday, Bob Pringle said the death of Lee Bonneau, 6, reportedly at the hands of a 10-year-old boy on the Kahkewistahaw First Nation last year, could have been avoided had child services acted sooner and heeded the many warnings by police and school officials,

The 10-year-old, referred to as "Derek," allegedly killed Lee with a "weapon of opportunity" outside a recreation centre on Aug. 21, 2013. Lee's foster mother was inside playing bingo at the time.

Both boys had a history with social services, Pringle's report notes, but there were "significant gaps" in the care provided to them and their families.

Derek exhibited early warning signs of behavioural problems as young as six, but was not diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome until he was nine. Even then, he had little access to mental-health care on the reserve.

The RCMP and Derek's school both repeatedly reported concerns to the Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services (YTCCFS) about Derek's behaviour, but were "not adequately followed up."

Click here to view the YTCCFS report


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