Pontiac, Michigan – oakland county Officials pontiac Days of the woman’s activities and contact with legislators until she and her two sons froze to death in the fields.
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Pontiac’s Monica Canady, 35, and her two sons, 9-year-old Kyle Milton and 3-year-old Malik Milton, died in a branch vacant lot around 3:10 p.m. Sunday (January 15). A city found in.
Her daughter, 10-year-old Lily, survived and was taken to hospital with hypothermia-like symptoms.
On Wednesday, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard released a timeline detailing Cannady’s activities in the days leading up to her death, including multiple points of contact with lawmakers.
“We needed a deeper investigation that could potentially find ways to prevent tragedies like this in the future,” said Bouchard. “I have ordered a complete review of all calls, radio traffic, neighborhood canvases, and potential interactions between Monica Latrice-Canady and her children.
Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Oakland County lawmakers received initial notification at 1 p.m. Friday that Canady and her children sought help at a location on Mill Street in downtown Pontiac.
Agents deployed a drone to search for the family.
Friday at 1:10 p.m.
Within ten minutes, agents found Canady with three children near Water Street and Mill Street. Officials said he asked her if she needed her help, and she said okay and walked away quickly.
Friday at 1:15 p.m.
Five minutes later, a second deputy ran into Cannady inside Pontiac’s McLaren Auckland Hospital. I asked her detailed questions to find out.
When a deputy offered her help, Canady said she was fine and had finished seeing her son.
After the conversation, Canady and her children left the hospital and the deputy headed down Woodward Avenue. Bouchard said he tried to convince her to come to the Pontiac substation or get in her patrol car to escape her storm.
Police said the lieutenant repeatedly told Canady that he was not in trouble, but that he just wanted to help.
Canady was wearing a coat and the children were wearing sweatshirts.
According to Bouchard, Cannady kept turning down all offers of help.
The lieutenant maintained contact with Canady and tracked her down to a nearby school. He offered to take her family to the substation and give her coat, but Canady declined, officials said.
She said she had family nearby and left, the lieutenant said. He spent about 20 minutes with Canady until 1:30pm.
A statement from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said, “During conversations, she was lucid and did not appear to be suffering from a medical or mental health crisis and several times asked her to leave her alone. Begged.
Friday at 3:30 p.m.
About two hours later, Canady’s family said she and her children went to their mother’s apartment.
According to authorities, the children took a nap, but half an hour later, Canady got into an argument with his mother about Cannady’s mental state, so he woke them up and left.
The family later told rep Canady had been having mental health issues for the past three weeks.
Friday at 4:30 p.m.
At approximately 4:30 pm on Friday, a representative met with Cannady’s aunt to seek advice on how to properly place her in a treatment facility.
Sheriffs went to Canady’s apartment on North Perry Street for a medical check-up, but no one appeared to be inside.
Friday at 4:43 PM
Around the same time officers were meeting with the aunt, police learned the woman was walking with several children in the Franklin Road and Rapid Street area of Pontiac, police said. A person told police the children were not properly dressed because of the cold.
“Although the agent responded to calls for area checks, he did not thoroughly search the area as he was expected to locate or contact the family,” the release said. “His actions are currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office’s Special Investigations Unit.”
Friday at 5:20pm
At approximately 5:20 p.m., two lawmakers were ordered to return to Franklin Road and Rapid Street to search for Cannady and her children.
Friday at 5:40 p.m.
After nearly 20 minutes, a full perimeter search was completed and the family had not been found, Bouchard said.
Friday at 7:33 p.m.
A few hours later, three agents were dispatched again to the Franklin Road and Rapid Street area to search for the family.
Friday at 8:06 p.m.
A final search of the area ended without Cannady and her children being found, police said.
4 p.m. Saturday
Police said they did not receive a call about Cannady and her children on Saturday.
When a resident answered the phone, Canady told them the address was wrong and walked away, officials said. No police were called.
Detectives said the family had no other contact with them on Saturday.
3 p.m. Sunday
Canady’s daughter, Lily, knocked on the door of the house and told residents that her family had died in a nearby field.
Sunday at 3:10 p.m.
Deputies found Cannady and her two sons lying on the ground in a vacant lot that was once the site of the Lakeside Housing Project.
After her death, investigators learned that Cannady was a woman who had previously met with children. She said there was.
Children were told to flee if they saw the police.
Investigators concluded that the family spent Saturday night through Sunday morning in an open lot with temperatures well below freezing.
Their deaths were ruled accidental, and the cause of death for all three was determined to be hypothermia.
Lily is still in the hospital. Police say she is stable and improving. She plans to be discharged to her family when she is allowed to leave the hospital.
“As a society, we need to find better ways to connect the dots with communication between families, mental health resources, social services, and law enforcement so that people don’t fall through such rifts in the future. It’s clearly a tragic situation,” Bouchard said. “I am seeking state and federal funding to incorporate social services and mental health professionals into our agencies so that they can be immediately active in situations like this. We are responding to a situation where combining these resources could be a true lifesaver.Our prayers go out to family and friends.”
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