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SASKATOON — At the funeral home Chris Martell couldn’t recognize his 22-month-old son because his little body had been so badly disfigured by third degree burns.
Martell knew at that moment that his son Evander Lee Daniels’ foster home death was no accident.
“I seen him and he was third degree burnt head to toe, except his diaper area and his skin is burnt. I couldn’t recognize him,” said Martell. “I know it wasn’t no accident after that.”
Saskatchewan RCMP have since charged 45-year-old Aberdeen, Sask., foster mother Eunice Wudrich with criminal negligence causing death and endangering the life of a child.
Martell said the charges present one small step down the path to justice for his dead son.
“I feel a bit relieved that there have been some charges laid and finally I can get some answers to how he passed. I just want to know what happened,” he said.
Daniels was left in a bathtub filled with scalding hot water for about 45 minutes before he drowned in an Aberdeen foster home.
The death was the second so far this year of a small child taken from Sturgeon Lake First Nation and put into foster care.
An inquiry into Daniels’ death will be held following the end of the criminal trial.
Wudrich was released from custody and is expected to appera in Saskatoon court on Sept. 9.
“It will be a long year, the inquiry and also my fight for changes- a whole overhaul in the social services system in Saskatchewan,” said Martell.