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Teen Girl Murders Baby

Teen girl pleads guilty to second-degree murder of Saskatoon baby

CTV National News, October 12, 2016

A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of a six-week-old boy in Saskatoon last summer.

The teen, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, entered the plea in court on Wednesday.

She was invited into the home where Nikosis Jace Cantre was found beaten on July 3.

The boy's family did not know the girl, but they decided to help her out after meeting her downtown - not knowing she had recently escaped from a youth centre, where she was serving a 10-month open custody sentence.

The teen's offences included assault with a weapon, robbery with a weapon, assault, arson, and break and enter, according to court documents.

The baby was taken to the Royal University Hospital, where he died of his injuries. The teen was taken into custody the same day, and charged with second-degree murder.

The maximum youth sentence for second-degree murder is seven years in custody. The teen was also charged with escaping from lawful custody.

The Crown has said it will be seeking an adult sentence for the teen.