Quebec police investigate death of Nunavik infant

Toddler was fatally mauled by a sled dog, residents say

An infant died in Kangiqsujuaq June 29 after he was attacked by dogs. The SQ is investigating. (File photo)

By Sarah Rogers

Quebec police are investigating the weekend death of a Nunavik infant.

Provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec, were called into the community of Kangiqsujuaq last weekend to look into the death of a one-year-old boy.

Community members say the young boy was mauled to death by a dog, or several dogs, on June 29 behind a home in the community of about 700 people on Hudson Strait.

The dogs are reportedly part of a team of sled dogs chained within an enclosure behind the home, though it’s unclear how the toddler made his way into the area.

Police investigators said this week that the boy was found lifeless on that lot where the dogs were kept, with visible bite marks on his body.

The SQ said its investigators have interviewed a male suspect, but no charges have been laid in relation to the boy’s death.

The child’s body was sent to Montreal for an autopsy earlier this week.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Randy Scardocchio on

    Let us get the facts and story straight. There is no enclosure of these dogs and 2 of them were running loose.

  2. Posted by All about death on

    So sad. Condolences to all affected. Nunavik is a real symbolic to injury and death. Too many preventable accidents. Again, let’s asked why? Why so much death of our children? Is something different in that we have to have so much of this, can’t find any other area in the country with so much of it.

  3. Posted by Uncle Bob on

    I am so saddened to hear of this terrible incident.
    My condolences to the family,
    Take strength in the fact that people as far away as Australia (in my case) are thinking of you at this sad time.

  4. Posted by Looking after children on

    Yes sad indeed. What’s such a young child doing out alone? Why are some many children in our communities roaming alone? Why are some many of our children in Nunavik fostered out to other families, and in lots of cases foster out to other Nunavik communities, or even to souther Quebec? Why? I tell you why. It’s because of the drugs and the alcohol abuse. Neglect.

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