|Tina Fontaine - dead at 15|
|(A) Sagkeeng First Nation, (B) Winnipeg|
The officers let her go even though she was known to be missing. Fontaine's body was later pulled from the river on Aug. 17.
Police are treating Fontaine’s death as a homicide.
|Police erect shelter as they pull her|
body from the Red River
Tina stood five-feet-three-inches tall and weighed about 100 pounds.
"I just can't describe it how I am still feeling, knowing that if they did their jobs, my baby might still be here," said Favel, who lives in Sagkeeng First Nation, northeast of Winnipeg.
Police said the teen was known to spend time near Portage Place.
She was reported missing from the foster home on July 31.
She said the police service's lead homicide officer called her Wednesday at about 5 p.m., informing her an internal investigation was going on.
Clunis told reporters he found out about the two officers' contact with Fontaine on Sept. 3, and said they have since been reassigned as the investigation into their actions takes place.
"They ran her name through the system. They took her name down — she didn't lie about who she was," Favel said about the two officers. "How can you not know? It should have came up she was a missing girl, but they just let her go.
"I don't even know, like I can't find words right now. I am angry. I am hurt. My baby might still be here instead of buried on top of her dad," she added.
Favel, who last saw Fontaine on July 1, said Child and Family Services (CFS) also let Fontaine down.
|Sagkeeng 1st Nations|
Someone with the agency located Fontaine and placed her in foster care in Winnipeg. After that, Favel said, information on Fontaine was infrequent.
They didn’t even call her when Fontaine’s body was found, she said.
“On the 15th I called her worker to see, because I hadn't heard from her for a while. I just wanted to find out how Tina was doing,” Favel said.
“She said she was sorry she forgot to tell me Tina had been AWOL for two weeks already.”
Favel also found out a CFS worker had contact with Fontaine the same day the police saw her for the final time.
Paramedics had picked the teen up from an alley, where she was passed out. Fontaine was transported to the Winnipeg Children's Hospital and then released to a CFS worker.
The worker was going to take her to the foster home but didn't have the address, Favel said.
The worker stopped at an office and went in to get the address and left Fontaine in the car. When the worker returned, Fontaine was gone.
"There is no sense. They just don't care. Nobody seems to care when it comes to aboriginal children," Favel said. "As long as they get their paycheques and do a little bit of work and make a couple of phone calls.
"But now when this came out last night, I see there was nobody there for her or for us."