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Family members of a six-week-old boy who was brutally beaten to death last summer ran out of a Saskatoon courtroom in tears as they heard a teen girl describe how she killed the infant.
In a videotaped interview, the girl, who was 16 years old at the time, told a police officer she was alone in a room with Nikosis Jace Cantre — holding and rocking the baby boy for about five minutes — before she started choking him and punching him in the head.
“I took all my anger out on that baby,” the teen said. “I was sick and tired of life. That’s why I hurt that baby and killed it.”
The video was played during the first day of the teen’s sentencing hearing in Saskatoon provincial court on Wednesday. The girl, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last October. She admitted killing Nikosis after she was taken in for the night by members of the boy’s family.
Those family members say they offered the girl a place to sleep after finding her wandering around downtown Saskatoon on July 3, 2016. She had never met Nikosis or his family prior to that day.
Evidence will be presented at the multi-day hearing to determine whether the teen should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. She is currently 18 years old, but because she was a youth at the time of the offence, her name cannot be published unless she is sentenced as an adult.
After she entered the prisoner’s box, the teen started quietly crying in front of a courtroom filled with the baby’s family and their supporters.
She began sobbing uncontrollably — and many people in the gallery also cried — as they listened to the confession, prompting Judge Sanjeev Anand to ask for a break.
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The girl said she was alone in a room with two children and heard Nikosis crying. She said she tried rocking him “real nice” and giving him his bottle.
She said she put the baby on a bed and began suffocating him with her hands, then found a nail and put it through the boy’s cheek.
“Then I started punching him on the bed,” she told the officer. “Then I picked him up and put him on the floor real slowly and started hitting him in the head with my foot.”
The teen said she also stomped on the baby’s stomach, but stopped because she was “tired of it.”
The girl told the officer she has felt angry since she was 11 years old, and has a history of hurting animals and her niece.
The officer asked if she had anything to say to Nikosis’ family. “I’m sorry,” the girl replied through tears.
On July 3, 2016, police received information that a baby was badly injured at a home on Waterloo Crescent. The teen was arrested that day.
Later that month, she gave the warned statement to police in a room at the Kilburn Hall youth facility, where she had been serving an open custody sentence before running away in the early hours of July 2, 2016.
The girl said she left because she was feeling depressed and wanted to see her family. Court heard she spent the day meeting random people, smoking marijuana and asking strangers for a place to sleep, and that she had been drinking alcohol before she killed the six-week-old boy.
Family members of baby Nikosis declined to comment on Wednesday. The hearing is scheduled to resume Dec. 12.