Globe and Mail

Crown will not lay charges in girl's death

The Globe and Mail
Friday, December 3, 1999

No charges will be laid in the death of a 10-year-old whose rare medical condition caused her to die of starvation and prompted her mother to refuse to accept medical intervention.

The criminal justice branch of the Ministry of the Attorney-General said yesterday that an RCMP investigation into the death of Katie Lynn Baker had been completed earlier this year. The Crown has "determined there is no substantial likelihood of conviction based on the current evidence."

Katie suffered from Rett syndrome and weighed only 22 pounds when she died in 1996. The case drew national headlines after her mother, Cheryl McLean, said Katie chose to die rather than accept medical intervention such as a feeding tube. Social workers also came under fire because they did not take Katie out of her mother's home.


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