Charges laid after 2-year-old killed by snake venom in North Vancouver


Charges have been laid nearly five years after a two-year-old Aleka Esa-Bella Scheyk Gonzales was poisoned and killed by snake venom in North Vancouver.

RCMP said Henry Thomas, 51, had the girl in his care on May 18, 2014 and returned her to her mother that same day.

Hours later, at 5 a.m., the child’s mother phoned RCMP and said the toddler was dead.

A statement said Mounties searched Thomas’ home in Agassiz and seized snakes and « related equipment » in July 2015.

Further biological DNA testing was run in 2016 and 2017, confirming the two-year-old’s cause of death.

Thomas, 51, was arrested at his home on Friday. He’s been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life.

« This is a very tragic incident that resulted in a complex, unique investigation by police and support agencies, » said Supt. Chris Kennedy, the officer in charge of the North Vancouver RCMP. 

« Our condolences are extended to the family and community of the deceased child. »


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No charges laid in RCMP shooting death of Brydon Whitstone


Twenty-two year-old Brydon Whitstone was shot and killed by a North Battleford RCMP officer last October and now following an independent external investigation by the Regina Police Service, no charges will be laid.

Last October, North Battleford RCMP had received a report from a man who claimed he was being chased by a vehicle and the people inside were shooting at him.

Officers started chasing the suspects. The chase ended with the vehicle hitting a police cruiser near 15th Avenue and 10th Street in North Battleford.

READ MORE: Man dies after being shot by RCMP in North Battleford, Sask.

That’s when an RCMP officer shot Whitstone who was driving the suspect vehicle.

On Tuesday the Regina Police Service notified Whitstone’s family that no charges would laid Whitstone’s death.

The Ministry of Justice said they expect more questions will be answered during an inquest by the coroner’s office.

“The goal of the inquest is to determine the manner of death and the cause of death, as well an independent jury will sit and make recommendations,” said Drew Wilby, Ministry of Justice spokesperson.

READ MORE: Passenger in car involved in deadly confrontation with Sask. RCMP facing charges

RCMP acknowledged Tuesday’s announcement but did not comment further to protect the integrity of an inquest by the coroner’s office.

“To provide information before the inquest would be preliminary because we want them to have an open a mind as possible going into that inquest,” said Wilby.

The inquest is set to begin on December 3rd in the Battlefords.

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