RCMP confirm that two adults have been charged jointly with one count failing to provide the necessaries of life in relation to the circumstances and conditions in which four-year-old Serenity Rabbit** lived while under their care as her guardians. The Maskwacis child died in an Edmonton hospital on September 27, 2014 after having been admitted with a head injury.
The police investigation into this matter was a complex and difficult one which had progressed to the point where its findings were presented to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service for review. Based upon the review by the Crown's office it was recommended that Brenda Rabbit (56)* and Clyde Rabbit (55)* be charged jointly with one count of failing to provide the necessaries of life as per section 215(2)(a) of the Criminal Code. They are scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Given that this matter is now before the courts, additional details will not be provided by the RCMP at this time. Should any new information arise which should be disseminated to the media, it will be done by way of an updated media release.
* Released in accordance with the Federal Privacy Act and Regulations, exception 8(2)
** Released in accordance with the Federal Privacy Act and Regulations, exception 69(2)