IHIT investigating death of one-year-old in New Westminster

ON July 24, at approximately 4:20 a.m., New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) responded to a call of an unresponsive infant in the 1300-block of 5th Avenue. NWPD completed an assessment and determined suspicious circumstances around the death. IHIT was called in to investigate. 

IHIT investigators are working closely with their partners at the New Westminster Police Department, BC Coroners Service, and the NWPD Forensic Identification Section. Homicide detectives are speaking with the family and friends to ascertain the specifics around what happened. Local support services have also been engaged. 

As there is no ongoing public safety issue or investigative need, no names or further details are being released, police said. 

“The hurt caused by these kind of deaths are amplified when the victim is so young,” said IHIT Sgt. David Lee. “We are working diligently to find answers to help the healing process for all those affected.” 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at [email protected].