Two people charged in 2018 death of six-year-old boy in Port Alberni, B.C.: RCMP

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — Police say two people are charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 death of a six-year-old boy in Port Alberni, B.C.

RCMP said they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday.

Six-year-old Dontay Lucas was found dead on March 13, 2018, according to police.

Insp. Eric Rochette said in a press release Saturday that such investigations are difficult for everyone involved, and he understands that the time it took to get to this point in the case has been difficult for the community.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council identified Rykel Frank as Dontay’s mother and Mitchell Frank as his stepfather, and thanked the RCMP for their work, saying it’s a “huge relief” that charges have been laid. litters.

Council chair Judith Sayers, however, called on the justice system saying it needed to do better and the family had a long wait before the trial began.

“The death of any person is very sad, but it’s even sadder when it’s a young child with their whole life ahead of them,” she said in a statement.

Police gave no further details, but said the investigation is continuing and a press conference will be held on Monday.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 7, 2022.

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