Dead toddler's mom has 'faith justice will be served'
The mother of the 18-month-old boy who died on the weekend says she believes in the justice system, as the court case related to the child's death was adjourned on Tuesday, for two days.
Raime Cheyton Myers was taken to hospital on July 9. The boy was in critical condition and died Saturday, according to Regina police. The child's obituary stated his date of death as Sunday.
Jason Will, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault and could face more serious charges. The family of the dead child described Will as an ex-boyfriend of the toddler's mother.
About 15 family and supporters of the child's mother were in court Tuesday, for the latest in the proceedings.
After the matter was adjourned, the group gathered on the courthouse steps, where the child's mother and grandmother spoke briefly to reporters.
"I would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported us," the boy's mother said in a soft voice. She would only identify herself by her first name, Jessica.
The dead boy's grandmother, who also only provided her first name — Brandy — read a brief statement written by Jessica.
"I miss Raime. We all do. But I have a very supportive family and we are getting through everything together," the statement said. "We believe in the justice system and I have faith that justice will be served for my baby."
The mother and grandmother then hugged, and along with their supporters, made their way down the street.
Earlier, inside court, Will made his second appearance in the case via video link from the Regina Provincial Correctional Centre.
The Crown prosecutor on the case said he was waiting to see the results of an autopsy on the child, and could upgrade the charges against Will depending on what is learned.
According to an online obituary notice, Raime Myers was born on Jan. 8, 2008. The notice said he died at the Regina General Hospital with his family at his side, including his mother and an older sister.