Canada-wide warrant issued for man wanted in death of stepson
A 43-year-old man is wanted in St. Catharines for first degree murder in connection with the death of his 7- year-old stepson.
The child, who police identify as seven-year-old Nathan Dumas, was taken to hospital in critical condition and died early Saturday morning. Niagara police are on the hunt for Kuijer, a 43-year-old Ontario man wanted in connection to a stabbing at a bank and linked to the investigation of his stepson's death.
Police spokesman Const. Phil Gavin said police will not discuss how the circumstances that brought the boy to hospital and the stabbing at the bank are connected.
Friends of the boy's family started a GoFundMe campaign that had netted almost $12,000 by Monday morning, eclipsing the original target of $10,000. "This has impacted the entire community", Gavin said during a press briefing at the NRP's St. Catharines office.
Gavin said the incidents have had a "significant" impact on members of the community.
"It's pivotal to us that we lay the most appropriate charges", he said.
They add that the victim and Kuijer knew each other professionally and the incident isn't being investigated as a robbery or a domestic violence matter. He was rushed to hospital where he died the next day.
He had two different eye colours, so I had to explain to Nathan why that was. "It's not easy, but we have a job to do, and we try to persevere through that". In a Facebook post Saturday, Dumas said funeral arrangements for her son are being covered Victims Services Niagara.
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Police said the man fled in a grey 2009 Pontiac Montana van, licence plate BYTE392. Her name and the hospital she is at are not being released as a security precaution while Kuijer remains at large, Gavin said.
Police say Kuijer is the stepfather of Nathan Dumas and is armed and risky. The vehicle has a distinctive pink flower decal on the rear driver's side window.
Kuijer is said to be armed and risky.
He urged Kuijer to turn himself in peacefully.
Kuijer is described as a white male with a tall, thin build, with a beard and longer dark hair.
Police previously said Kuijer was last seen wearing an orange hoodie under a brown leather coat, dark trousers, a black toque, and boots.
Kuijer was last seen leaving the bank wearing a black toque, brown leather waist-length coat, dark trousers, an orange hoodie and boots.
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