(THUNDER BAY, ON) – In the early morning hours of December 2nd, 2019, a youth that is in Dilico custody started lashing out in their bedroom. They removed the drawers from their dresser and started smashing them around their bedroom. The situation escalated as they destroyed the window.
The youth then grabbed handfuls of broken glass and stuffed them into their pants. At this point the youth fled to the bathroom and barricaded themselves in there once staffed attempted to sort out the situation. With the child refusing to come out and workers fearful for her safety, a 911 call was made and officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) responded to the home to help sort out the situation. Officers arrested and detained the 14-year-old female and when they checked her for injuries, found her hands had been cut from clenching the broken glass.
This morning in Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman’s courtroom, the child appeared by video from the TBPS station on Balmoral Street. Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro was also present along with a duty counsel lawyer.
Police charged the youth with a single count of mischief causing damage under $5000 stemming from the destruction of the dresser drawers and window in the Dilico group home. Dilico has a social worker present in order to obtain bail for the girl.
The Crown Attorney consents to the youths release today on the lowest form of release which is an undertaking. He only proposes two conditions to release the youth to, which are:
- Reside at an address approved by Dilico.
- Obey the rules of the residence you live in.
Court hears the child is going through some form of treatment to help with issues they are having and will be in treatment until they are a legal adult, and allowed to leave on their own. Court grills Silvestro on why he doesn’t ask for the youth to reside at a certain address. Silvestro HAMMERS back by telling the court that having the “reside condition” crafted the way he has allows Dilico to relocate the child without seeking a “bail variation”. He further says that the child can live wherever Dilico approves her to live, which satisfies the Crown’s concerns.
The child is ordered released from custody and has a future court date scheduled to begin answering to the charges.