VANCOUVER – A Surrey mother has been jailed for one year after her young child was found starving to death. The now 25-year-old woman, who cannot be named, was charged with failing to provide necessities and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
The woman’s son was 27 months old at the time and is now in foster care.
The mother also received two years probation.
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“From what we heard from investigators, this is one of the most severe cases that they have investigated,” said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP, in 2014.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between April 7 and June 14, 2014.
“We became aware of this case on June 16  after a local-area hospital contacted our investigators…making allegations of child neglect,” said Paquet. “Our investigators became involved as soon as they received the call. Our Special Victim’s Unit took the investigation over. The child was apprehended, has been removed, was removed that day from the mother’s care and has been improving since.”
Paquet said a publication ban is in effect in order to protect the victim.
“What we’re trying to do here is ensure the child’s safety,” he added.
“The child has been improving since being removed from the care of the mother.”
WATCH: Global News’ report on the case from 2014:
With files from Rumina Daya