Canada Charges upgraded to 2nd-degree murder against man accused of killing 3-year-old Winnipeg boy
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The man arrested in the stabbing death of three-year-old Hunter Straight-Smith is now facing a more serious charge of second-degree murder.
Dan Jensen, 33, was arrested last week and initially charged with attempted murder. The charge has now been upgraded following Hunter's death, police said.
Hunter was on life-support in hospital after he was attacked during the early morning hours of Oct. 30. He died three days later.
In consultation with Manitoba Justice, members of the Winnipeg police major crimes unit obtained a warrant to charge Jensen with the more serious offence.
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Police said on the night Hunter was stabbed, Jensen, who is not the boy's father, was with Hunter's mother, Clarice Smith — his on-again, off-again girlfriend — at a location on Main Street.
They got into an argument that escalated into a violent assault against Smith, according to police.
From there, Jensen walked to the home a few blocks away on Pritchard Avenue, between Salter and Charles streets, and attacked Hunter while he slept, police allege.
Officers were called around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 30 and Hunter was rushed to hospital in critical condition, given two blood transfusions and put on life-support.
Jensen was arrested later the same day.
Why Hunter’s alleged killer isn’t charged with first-degree murder: Lawyer .
A former Manitoba Deputy Attorney General says the reason for a second-degree murder charge in the horrific stabbing death of a Winnipeg toddler is likely due to a very narrow definition of what constitutes first-degree murder. Local lawyer Bruce MacFarlane told 680 CJOB that there are only a limited number of circumstances that can support a first-degree charge, citing the killing of a police officer and killing in the midst of a kidnapping or sexual assault.
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