A 53-year-old Yukon man with severe dementia remains in jail, pending a mental health assessment.

Titus Charlie made a brief court appearance in Whitehorse Friday. He was arrested on Dec. 24 and charged with assault and resisting arrest stemming from an incident at the Salvation Army.

Those who know Charlie wonder what he was doing out on the streets unsupervised. Previous court orders said he was to be watched 24/7.

Charlie's supervision status changed about two years ago when prosecutors stayed all outstanding charges against him. That nullified Yukon Review Board orders to keep Charlie supervised around the clock.

"This is just about a black hole ... he's fallen through, and with the result of minimal services being provided, he's ended up where he was 10 years ago again, facing charges of assault, putting himself at risk and putting the community at risk," said NDP health critic Jan Stick

Crown prosecutors told the court they want to review his file before commenting about the need for a mental health assessment.

In the mean time Charlie remains behind bars at the Whitehorse jail, a place critics say was never intended to house people like him.