Two to stand trial in childs death

More than two years after the death of a three-year-old Six Nations boy, his mother and her partner have been committed for trial on manslaughter charges.Madeline Lee Froman, 26, and John Paul Smoke, Jr., 28, both of Six Nations, were committed to stand trial in the death of Torrence VanEvery following a preliminary hearing that went on for 13 days in March and April.Six Nations police and the OPP began investigating the child’s death after being called to a medical complaint at a home at 792 Mohawk Rd. at about 7:20 p.m. on March 6, 2017.Police said the boy was unresponsive and had no vital signs. He was taken to Brantford General Hospital and pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m.An OPP spokesperson said it took until August 2017 for the OPP to lay the charges against Froman and Smoke because of the wait to obtain autopsy results. At the time, Six Nations Police Chief Glenn Lickers said the incident was “very traumatic” for all those involved in the investigation.“It is my hope that we can heal and come closer together as a community to help protect all of our children,” Lickers said in a news release.Just two days before the police charged Froman and Smoke, the house at 792 Mohawk Rd. was partially destroyed by what Six Nations police called a “suspicious fire” that was then investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office.Six Nations Fire Chief Matthew Miller said the investigation ended with an “undetermined” classification.“We don’t know if it was arson or accidental due to the extent of the damage,” said Miller, noting that the kitchen area was destroyed in the fire.Froman and Smoke will appear in court later to determine a date for their trial.Torrence is survived by his father, lacrosse player Torrey VanEvery, who made his National Lacrosse League debut a month after his son’s death, sister Sophiah, and an extensive extended [email protected] @EXPSGamble read more