RCMP in Nova Scotia are standing behind their investigation into a Windsor infant’s sudden death, despite the grieving family’s allegations they were treated like criminals.
"It’s important for people to remember that we treat sudden deaths, especially involving infants, as very suspicious until proven otherwise," said Sgt. Al Leblanc.
"This is a very challenging case, when you talk about an infant death ... you want the statements to be taken as soon as possible."
Police concluded the death was not suspicious, he added.
Mike and Kayla Paradis said they were barred from going back into the house after infant Chloe died. They weren't even allowed to grab diapers for one of their other daughters.
Leblanc said police have to protect the scene to prevent evidence tampering.
"You cannot touch anything at all that has to do with that scene," he said. "We have to treat these scenes as very suspicious initially because if we do not then the integrity of the investigation is out the window."
The Paradis family said the autopsy showed Chloe appeared to be healthy.
They have not filed an official complaint, but say they want answers.
Leblanc said they met with the family and plan to meet again to discuss what happened.
Police insensitivity alleged
The Paradis family lost their daughter Chloe six weeks ago. She was just seven weeks old.
Kayla found her daughter lying lifeless.
Emergency crews were at the home within minutes. Medics whisked Chloe off to hospital, but police confronted her parents.
The Paradis said they were initially blocked from following the ambulance to the hospital where their daughter died.
Mike said when they went in to see her body an officer stood in the room and wouldn’t leave. He said the officer stood behind a curtain holding his paperwork.
Police told them their house was considered a crime scene and the family was not allowed inside for 13 hours.