A 19-year-old was charged in connection with the death of a child on Monday evening in a residence in the Montreal suburb of Bois-des-Filion, Que., north of the city Tuesday. Two others were arrested.
Yacine Mehennaoui was charged with criminal negligence causing the death of a child, possession of an unauthorized firearm and obstruction of justice.
At around 5:30 p.m., officers from the Terrebonne–Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines–Bois-des-Filion intermunicipal police service responded to a 911 call about a seriously injured child at a home on 34th Avenue.
The child was pronounced dead at the scene, despite efforts by first responders.
Capt. Vincent Charbonneau with Terrebonne police said the child was younger than five. He did not confirm the gender or cause of death.
In an update Tuesday morning, Terrebonne police said three people had been arrested and were being questioned by investigators. The police did not confirm their relationship to the young victim.
Police divers were also called in to comb the bottom of the Mille-Îles River for evidence tied to the event.
Quebec provincial police assisted in the case along with several regional police teams, including the canine unit and forensic investigators. A command post has also been set up and police are asking anyone with information to contact them.
The investigation was transferred to provincial police Tuesday afternoon.