The RCMP are investigating after a child was found dead Wednesday morning on a Calgary-area First Nation — the victim of what officials are tentatively calling an illness.
Police and paramedics were called to a home on Stoney First Nation just before noon, local time, by reports of two children in medical distress.
When paramedics arrived, they found one child in serious condition, while the other was declared dead at the scene.
A total of 15 other people were found in need of medical attention — 14 of which were children between the ages of four months to the late teens. An adult man at the scene was also taken to hospital.
‘Illness of medical origin’
Officials are still working out what caused the death and hospitalizations, but according to a spokesperson for Emergency Medical Services there are no “concerns of trauma or violence.”
“From the presentation of many of the patients that we transported, it seems to be an illness of medical origin, perhaps not necessarily an external factor but that is not yet determined,” Stuart Brideaux said.
Brideaux said six ambulances ultimately responded to the scene on Spring Road, and that patients who were assessed as being in stable condition were taken to hospital in groups of three and four.
A relative of the family told CBC News all of the kids transported to hospital are siblings.
RCMP’s major crimes unit is investigating.