Two people charged in 2018 death of six-year-old boy in Port Alberni

RCMP say they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday.

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Police say two people are charged with the 2018 first-degree murder in the death of a six-year-old boy in Port Alberni.

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RCMP say they arrested 28-year-old Rykel Frank and 29-year-old Mitchell Frank on Friday.

Police say six-year-old Dontay Lucas was found dead on March 13, 2018.

Insp. Eric Rochette says in a news release Saturday that such investigations are difficult for everyone involved, and he understands that the time taken to get to this point in the case has been challenging for the community.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council identified Rykel Frank as Dontay’s mother and Mitchell Frank as his stepfather, and thanked the RCMP for their work, saying it is a “huge relief” that charges were laid.

Judith Sayers, president of the council, however called out the justice system saying it has to do better and the family has a long wait ahead for the trial to begin.

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“The death of any person is very sad, but it is even sadder when it is a young child with their whole life ahead of them,” she said in a statement.

Police said a news conference will be held Monday.

‘Such a happy little boy’

On March 13, 2018 RCMP received a call about a child in medical distress about 9:30 a.m.

“The child was transported to hospital and, tragically, did not survive,” said Port Alberni RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Amelia Hayden.

Family friend Miranda Mack said the news was “really hard to hear.”

“He was such a happy little boy,” she told CHEK News. “I’d see him playing around with all the other kids. He played with my daughter a lot. It’s just heartbreaking to know that he’s not here.”

At the time, the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council described the boy, who had family connections to the Ahousaht and Hesquiaht First Nation communities, as having “a big, beautiful smile.”

With files from the Times Colonist

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