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RCMP have charged a 16-year-old boy with second-degree murder in connection with a house fire in Shamattawa that killed an 11-year-old boy.
Edward Redhead perished in the suspected arson last Saturday when the blaze erupted in the one-storey home on the remote First Nation, located about 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
RCMP Sgt. Line Karpish said the 16-year-old is being held in custody in Shamattawa and will be flown to Thompson where he will make his first court appearance on Jan. 12.
Karpish wouldn’t comment on what the two boys were doing inside the house when the fire started.
"The cause of death we know as smoke inhalation," Karpish said, during a press conference in Shamattawa Friday. "The cause of the fire remains undetermined but deemed suspicious."
Officers had originally told the community two people were suspected dead in the fire. However, RCMP told the First Nation chief Thursday they determined the second set of remains belonged to a caribou.