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Criminal negligence may have led to Christine Mitchell's death - CBC News

By: Q Country News
Posted: November 15, 2019 05:09

30-year-old Brandon woman overdosed in July

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A report says Brandon Police believe criminal negligence may have led to the death of a 30-year-old Brandon woman.

Christine Mitchell, who'd been living at city manager Rod Sage's house, died of a drug overdose in July. He's currently on paid leave from the city. 

The CBC reports an application seeking her medical records from the Brandon Regional Health Centre was filed by police nearly three months after she died.

The documents also say October 25th was the beginning of the investigation - though Brandon police Chief Wayne Balcaen had previously said officers started investigating Mitchell's death in July.

The CBC reports Christine was dead for nearly two days before Brandon police found out about her overdose from a member of the public.

Officers called the hospital to confirm, then notified the medical examiner's office and started to investigate. By that time, Mitchell's body was at the funeral home.

There was no autopsy or external examination. Fluid samples left at the hospital were discarded before toxicological analysis could be done, Dr. John Younes, chief medical examiner for the province of Manitoba, said in an interview in October.

Christine Mitchell lived in the home of Brandon city manager Rod Sage for nearly five years before she died of a heroin overdose.

The CBC says no charges have been laid and it is not known whether criminal charges will be laid. 

Rod Sage is not named in the document, and it does not specify who police believe committed negligence causing Christine's death. 

In a previous interview, Rod Sage said he did nothing wrong and was simply helping a friend with an addiction. He housed and provided funds to Mitchell for five years prior to her death. 

The RCMP are now conducting a review of the case.

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