High Prairie family mourns death of infant


The family of a seven-month-old child boy who died in High Prairie final week is talking about their loss.

The grandmother of Oaklan Reid Cunningham advised CTV News Edmonton the family rushed to the hospital on Oct. 6 after getting a name from their day house operator that Oaklan was unwell.

He died in hospital.

An post-mortem performed on Oct. 11 discovered the child’s death to be a murder.

Oaklan Reid Cunningham attended this present day house in High Prairie for a month earlier than his death.

“Something was wrong, no baby has a bump like this on their head… And has a heart attack,” Rhonda Walter Desjarlais stated.

She added that Oaklan’s dad and mom put him within the day house simply over a month in the past so his mom may return to highschool in September.

“He was the best little boy ever.”

“He.. just started crawling… Maybe about four or five days before everything happened.”

She says the family has been shattered by his death.

“Just disbelief knowing we’re never going to be able to hold, hug, kiss and see our little Oaklan.”

Police are remaining tight lipped in regards to the investigation.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says Oaklan’s trigger of death wouldn’t be launched for investigative causes.

“At this point in time there aren’t further details of the investigation that we’re able to share, at some point we may be able to share more information,” she stated.

“There are persons of interest in this case that the RCMP are speaking to. At this point in time we’re not asking for assistance from the public or information from the public, but that may change.”

The incident has additionally rocked the neighborhood.

“Shocking, absolutely shocking,” James Waikle stated.

“We’re a small community. This affects all of us because if we don’t know them directly we know somebody who does.”

He added the city doesn’t have a daycare and households depend on day properties for childcare.

“We have a lot of the day homes, which is where this tragedy happened at. So there’s questions that need to be answered.”

“We entrust our children to their care, so this is why the investigation by the authorities will be very important to find out exactly what happened.”

An replace on the investigation is anticipated subsequent week.

With information from CTV News Edmonton’s Jeremy Thompson and Katie Chamberlain


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