Distraught Mother Believes Daughter's Death Not Accidental

Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017 13:32 PM

As expected, there is very emotional testimony at the Thunder Bay hearing of the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

Anita Ross is the mother of 16 year old Delaine Copenace, whose body was found in Kenora in March of last year.

Ross doesn't think her daughter's death was an accident. 

"I believe somebody hurt my baby" She told the inquiry this morning.

Ross believes the reason's for Delaine's death, given to her by authorities, do not show the complete picture.  

She wonders why her daughter's body showed signs of bruising if there was no foul play and they told her, it was because she had fallen onto some rocks. 

When she found out through news reports that there would be no inquest she felt angry.

Meantime, Commissioner Michelle Audette got the hearing underway this morning asking "where was the system?" over the last 50 years when those women and girls disappeared.