Sunday, 12 April 2015

Disturbed 10-year-old who killed younger boy by bashing his head was excited when describing murder to friends

  • Lee Allan Bonneau, 6, was attacked by a 10-year-old boy and beaten to death with a rock and a stick in August 2013 in Saskatchewan, Canada 
  • The killer, identified only as L.T., has not been charged because of his young age 
  • He told friends after the slaying he had witnessed a 'big guy' murder a boy 
  • L.T. later admitted he was the killer and pleaded, 'Don't tell on me' 
  • The child had a history of violence, including one incident when he killed a pregnant dog and her puppies
  • Lee Bonneau had been removed from his birth mother's care two and a half months before the killing and placed with foster family  
A 10-year-old boy who beat a younger child to death in Canada went to his friends claiming that he had witnessed a 'big guy' strike the victim with a rock.

Lee Allan Bonneau, 6, died from blunt force trauma to the head in August 2013 following a savage attack on a reservation in Saskatchewan.

A 10-year-old boy, identified in court documents as L.T., reportedly admitted to killing Lee Bonneau and crushing his head after initially blaming a stranger for the slaying.


Lee Allan Bonneau was 6 years old when in August 2013 he was attacked by a 10-year-old boy and beaten to death with a rock and a stick

Lee Bonneau was found savagely beaten in a field in Saskatchewan, Canada
Brief life: Lee was pronounced dead from severe head injuries four hours after he went missing in Saskatchewan, Canada, while in the care of his foster mother


Tribute: A collage created by Lee's biological family celebrating his short, troubled life
On Thursday, a coroner's jury in Regina heard how the underage suspect ran to his friends after the attack on Bonneau telling them he had witnessed a murder, reported National Post.

The troubled 10-year-old was described as appearing scared but also excited, telling his friends how a 'big guy' had struck Lee with a stick three times, pushed him down an embankment and then bashed him with a rock.

L.T. then changed his story, according to Thursday's hearing, saying the he was the one who killed the 6-year-old. He then pleaded with his pals, 'Don't tell on me,' because he was afraid of being jailed.

During an interview with investigators a day after Lee Bonneau's slaying August 21, 2013, L.T. reverted back to his original version of events, telling Royal Canadian Mounted Police that a 'big person' committed the crime.

The 10-year-old named the purported killer and told law enforcement officials that he even walked up to the man and asked him what he was doing.

'I'm just killing a little boy,' L.T. quoted the man as saying.

Police later questioned the person identified by L.T. and cleared him of any wrongdoing.

On the evening of August 21, 2013, Lee Bonneau accompanied his foster mother, Mary Ramstead, to a bingo game at the Kahkewistahaw First Nation hall.

At around 8pm, Lee stepped outside the bingo venue to buy snacks and never returned. He was last seen playing with some dogs and walking in the company of an older boy, later identified as 10-year-old L.T.

More than two hours after his disappearance, Lee was found critically injured in a remote field more than half a mile from the bingo hall.


Family troubles: Lee was removed from the home of his biological mother, Stacey Merk (pictured) just two and a half months before his murder

Lee is pictured here with his birth father, Dave Bonneau. Child servers reportedly refused to release the 6-year-old into his parent's care


The 6-year-old was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries at around midnight.

Forensic pathologist Dr Shaun Ladhman determined that Lee died from blunt force trauma to the left side of the head after suffering multiple skull fractures.

In his testimony at the coroner's inquest Thursday, Ladhman compared the boy's injuries to those seen in high-speed car collisions or a three-story fall. Bonneau also had bite marks on his body.

Because of his young age, 10-year-old L.T. has not been charged with Lee Bonneau's murder.


RCMP Cpl. Donna Zawislak testified court that when officers came to the child's house and said that Lee Bonneau has died, the 10-year-old did not react.

The following day, L.T. sat down for a forensic interview, saying he had been a witness to the killing, not the perpetrator. When asked about the blood stains on his clothes and shoes, the 10-year-old blamed it on a nosebleed.

The child had a history of troubling behavior, including a break-in where he killed a pregnant dog and her puppies, which had been cut out of the animal's body.

Lee had been removed from the home of his biological mother, Stacey Merk, just two and a half months before his death citing concerns related to his verbal skills and behavioral problems.

A pathologist testified that 6-year-old Lee suffered injuries often observed in high-speed car collisions +13
A pathologist testified that 6-year-old Lee suffered injuries often observed in high-speed car collisions

He had multiple skull fractures and bite marks on his body

Lies: The troubled 10-year-old was described as appearing scared but also, telling his friends after the killing how a 'big guy' had struck Lee
Unpunished: L.T. will not face any charges in connection to Lee Bonneau's death because of his young age


During the coroner’s inquest, Ms Merk testified that a social worker became alarmed when she confided in her that she has been struggling with depression and had suicidal thoughts.

On August 1, child services placed Lee with Mary Ramstead's family on a temporary basis. Three weeks later, the 6-year-old was murdered while in the care of his foster mother.

L.T. will not face any charges in connection to Lee Bonneau's death because of his young age. The goal of the coroner's inquest is to determine the circumstances of the murder and make recommendations to prevent similar tragedies going forward.

Source Daily Mail

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