Manitoba RCMP have charged a 20-year-old man with killing his eight-year-old sister on a remote, troubled First Nation earlier this summer.
Family members have identified the deceased as Skye Bighetty. Her aunt, Sue Caribou, says the little girl suffered a broken neck inside her home in Pukatawagan in June.
RCMP confirmed today that a lengthy investigation has led to a second-degree murder charge being laid. They did not release the name of the accused brother, but Caribou has identified him as Kyle Bighetty.
As the Free Press previously reported, Kyle was immediately taken to the psychiatric unit at The Pas following his sister's death and was transferred to Selkirk Mental Health Centre several weeks later. Caribou said her nephew escaped in late July and was on the loose for several days until he was located and returned to the facility.
The deadly incident began when Skye's mother, Linda Colomb -- Caribou's sister-in-law -- asked the little girl to go downstairs to retrieve a mosquito coil.
"When she didn't hear any noise, she went downstairs a few minutes later. There Kyle was, holding his sister. He was in a daze, out of it," said Caribou.
Attempts to revive Skye failed, so family members rushed her to a nearby nursing station where she was pronounced dead. Caribou said the investigation has been complicated by her nephew's mental state.
The Bighetty family lived for years in Regina before moving to northern Manitoba in 2007. Kyle is the oldest of six children. Skye was the youngest.
Members of the Winnipeg-based serious crime unit, Thompson-based major crime unit and the north district crime-reduction enforcement support team have been involved in the investigation.
Pukatawagan is more than 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg with about 2,000 people living in the community, which can only be accessed by air or train.