PoCo caregiver charged after woman dies in care

Coquitlam Mounties say a woman has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a woman died in her care.

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A Port Coquitlam caregiver has been charged with criminal negligence causing death after a woman died in her care two years ago.

Police began investigating after the 54-year-old woman with a developmental disability was found dead in a private home on Oct. 13, 2018.

The investigation determined that the victim did not receive the necessities of life, such as food, shelter, medical attention and protection from harm, the Coquitlam RCMP said, in a statement, Wednesday.

Astrid Charlotte Dahl, 51, has been charged with criminal negligence causing death, and failing to perform a legal duty to provide necessities.

At the time of the victim’s death, Dahl was in a residential home sharing agreement with Kinsight Community Society. Kinsight is also charged with failing to perform a legal duty to provide necessities.

Both Dahl and the director of Kinsight are expected to appear in court on March 9.

“This is a very sad situation. We know these charges can’t bring the victim back, but perhaps they give a voice to a vulnerable person who couldn’t speak for herself,” said Corp. Michael McLaughlin, a spokesperson with the Coquitlam RCMP.

Kinsight director of adult services Tess Huntly issued a statement saying they were “shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of this individual.”

Huntly did not provide any details about who was in Dahl’s care or what role the society had in the disabled woman’s care.

“The health and safety of people served is our top priority, and we take the trust that has been placed in us to provide care and support very seriously – as it has been throughout our 65-years of providing support in our communities,” Huntly said, in the emailed statement.

Huntley said this is the first time that the death of an individual receiving Kinsight services has been the subject of a police investigation and criminal charges.

Huntley said Kinsight has cooperated with the authorities, and will not comment  further because the case is before the courts.


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