A father who is accused of assaulting his two-month-old baby has now been charged with manslaughter after the infant died in BC Children’s Hospital on Nov. 3.
Port Alberni RCMP were called to West Coast General Hospital on Oct. 28 after the infant arrived in medical distress. The baby was later transferred to BC Children’s Hospital.
Warren Alfred Baader, 20, of Port Alberni was charged with aggravated assault following the RCMP’s investigation into the baby’s injuries.
Baader appeared in Port Alberni Provincial Court by video on Wednesday, Nov. 9 when he was told he is additionally charged with manslaughter.
Judge Harvey advised Baader to seek legal advice prior to his next appearance on Nov. 30.
A GoFundMe campaign was started for the infant’s mother, Kaitlin McMaster, on Nov. 8 by her pastor from Maranatha Baptist Church in Abbotsford. According to the GoFundMe page, McMaster attended the church for most of her life.
The campaign, titled Kaitlin’s Fund, has raised $2,200 of the $3,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon.