Winnipeg infant died of fentanyl intoxication, parents charged with manslaughter: police

The parents of a one-year-old girl who died in March of last year have been arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Police said Monday the autopsy and toxicology reports revealed that the infant, Hanna Boulette, died of high levels of fentanyl intoxication.

According to police, the girl’s father, 38-year-old Garry Daniel Adrian Bruce, initially called 911 on March 23, 2023, as Hanna was unresponsive.

Despite efforts from paramedics at the scene to revive her, she was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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Police said there was a small amount of fentanyl found in Bruce’s possession at the scene, and he and the child’s mother — 37-year-old Sabrina Faye Boulette — were charged with criminal negligence causing death.

Through the course of the investigation, police said they learned that the parents had omitted details when speaking to police, and had been aware of Hanna’s fentanyl exposure before calling 911.

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On Friday, police arrested Bruce and Boulette at their home in north Winnipeg and both were charged with manslaughter, after consultation with prosecutors.

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