Canada police charge dad in toddlers' death: report

Thu May 1, 2008 3:05pm EDT
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Police have laid charges of criminal negligence against the father of two toddlers who froze to death in January wearing only diapers and light shirts, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix newspaper reported on Thursday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not release the name of the 24-year-old man they charged with the death of sisters Santana and Kaydence Pauchay, ages 1 and 3, on the Yellow Quill First Nation Indian reserve near Kelvington, Saskatchewan.

But the newspaper said it confirmed with family members that the police charged Christopher Pauchay, the girls' father.

Family members said Pauchay was intoxicated and was trying to walk to a neighbor's home with his daughters on a night when temperatures dipped below -35 degrees Celsius (-31 degrees Fahrenheit). He was found hours later with severe frostbite and hypothermia.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Renato Andrade)