Those familiar with Paige’s story will know of the tragic life the young aboriginal teen had.
Today the crown announced that no criminal charges will be laid against Delta Police or paramedics for an incident that happened two years before the teen died of an drug overdose on the downtown eastside.
They never reported to the Ministry of Children and Family Development that 17-year-old Page turned up with a bloody nose at gas station back in 2011.
Mounties then recommended charges of failing to report a child in need of protection.
But the Criminal Justice Branch says based on the available evidence there is no substantial likelihood of conviction.
“I expected this”
Reacting to the news, Paige’s aunt Fran Robson says she’s disappointed, but not surprised.
“All I can say is I expected this, I expected the outcome to be like this,” she said.
Robson says she’s frustrated there won’t be charges, and says authorities had a duty to report the incident which saw Paige, 17 at the time, walk into a gas station, intoxicated, with a bleeding nose, claiming she had been in a fight.
“Yes. Definitely yes. Absolutely, yes. Because she was in the Ministry’s care, they are the ones who are supposed to be taking care of her, not us. They were phoning us all the time and I didn’t understand that. Yet, they wouldn’t give [custody of] her to us, yet we were the ones they called,” Robson said.
Robson says she hopes Paige’s case sends a clear message to the ministry.
“Hopefully, her death wasn’t in vain and that it will help a lot of other teenagers out there who are in a similar position as Paige was,” she said.