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13-year-old boy charged with manslaughter in death of 10-year-old

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter in Alberta, the RCMP announced today.

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have laid a manslaughter charge against a youth from Maskwacis, following a death which was reported on August 5, 2020.

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At 4 am, police received a 911 call about a gunshot in a residence.

Responding officers, along with EMS, located a 10-year-old boy deceased in the home.

A youth who was present was taken into custody and the Major Crimes Unit was engaged to conduct the investigation.

Following an autopsy, the investigation led to a single charge of manslaughter with a firearm was supported.

The youth will be appearing in court on September 2, 2020 in Wetaskiwin. Neither the accused nor the victim will be named, police said.

"Due to the nature of the circumstances surrounding this extremely tragic incident, including the delicate ages of the people involved, we won't be providing further details" says Staff Sergeant Dwayne Moore, Acting Detachment Commander, Maskwacis RCMP.

"Our focus is to continue to support the family and the community overall, which has been extremely impacted."

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