WINNIPEG - A Manitoba court heard a man charged in the fatal stabbing of a three-year-old child was acting in revenge toward the child’s mother.
The Crown says 34-year-old Daniel Jensen was enraged at his girlfriend, wanting to hurt her "in the cruellest and most permanent way" by taking the life of her child. Jensen is charged with first-degree murder in Hunter’s death.
Prosecutors say Jensen and Hunter’s mother, Clarice Smith, had gone to a North End Winnipeg bar in late October 2019 where they got into an argument that escalated into a physical fight. Prosecuting attorney Courtney St. Croix says Jensen then went to Smith’s home nearby and stabbed the toddler six times in his head and neck in retaliation. Police were called after a family member found the injured boy in a bedroom.
The child was taken to hospital and placed on life support after suffering brain damage due to severe blood loss. He died three days later.