Girl died in foster care in 2001
The B.C. government must act now upon the findings of an inquest into the death of a three-year-old who died while in foster care in 2001, NDP children’s critic Nicholas Simons said.
Savannah Hall’s death was ruled a homicide by a coroner’s inquest released late on Saturday. The five-person coroner’s jury also made 26 recommendations for changes.
Hall, who was placed into the care of a Prince George family, died after her guardians brought her to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. She lapsed into a coma and died two days later of brain swelling due to suffocation.
The death is still under police investigation.
The girl’s natural mother, Corinna Hall, said she was pleased with the verdict, CBC News Online reports.
Simons accused the B.C. government of waiting too long to fully investigate Hall’s death.
"There are so many lessons to learn from this tragedy, lessons that should have been acted upon years ago," he said.