Police acknowledge request for charges to be upgraded in death of Indigenous woman

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PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — Police in Peterborough, Ont., say they have heard the calls for elevated charges following the death of a local Indigenous woman.

Relatives of 22-year-old Cileana Taylor asked on Monday that the charges against her alleged assailant be upgraded from assault to at least manslaughter.

Taylor was attacked at a house party on Sept. 3 and remained in hospital for months with severe brain damage before dying on Feb. 26.

Jordan Morin, 23, is charged with aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.

Police issued a statement today saying their investigation is ongoing and they continue to liaise with the Crown attorney on the matter.

They say they're waiting for the results of forensic tests, which could take months to receive.

They say an update on the case will be provided once further information is available.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 24, 2021.

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