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Victoria police seek witnesses in lead-up to infant's death in downtown restaurant

A 21-year-old Victoria man is facing manslaughter charges after an infant died inside a downtown Victoria fast food restaurant Saturday morning.

The man had travelled with the infant from a residence in Esquimalt to the corner of View and Douglas streets by bus around 7:30 a.m. By 8 a.m., first responders arrived to an infant who wasn't breathing.

"All attempts to save the infant were unsuccessful," said VicPD Const. Mike Russell.

The Victoria Police Department and Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit are now seeking witnesses. Anyone who was riding on the #14 B.C Transit double between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. – from the 800-block of Craigflower Road to the downtown bus stop at View and Douglas streets – is asked to contact Det. Const. Phil Davies at 250-380-6273.

Police remain tight-lipped about the case, and there is a court-ordered publication ban on the upcoming details of the trial including the identity of the accused.

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