Frank Nausigimana pleads guilty to second-degree murder of his 3-year-old daughter in Winnipeg

The 2021 Winnipeg Homicide Victim List is available here

Winnipeg Police Service responded to the Robertson neighbourhood for a report of a family-related abduction on July 7th at 9:28am.

According to Winnipeg police it is believed that the estranged father had abducted the 3-year-old Jemimah Bunadalian from her mother at knifepoint.

Winnipeg police took the suspect into custody outside of a parked vehicle at King Edward Street and Jefferson Avenue at approximately 9:43am. Police located the girl suffering from stab wound injuries buckled in her car seat in her mother’s vehicle and immediately began providing emergency first aid. She was rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries.

Frank Nausigimana, a 28-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

– First Degree Murder

*According to CBC, court records obtained show the mother was granted a domestic violence protection order after telling a provincial court official Frank Nausigimana assaulted her while pregnant, hoping to see her then-unborn fetus aborted back in 2017. The two were not in a romantic relationship but had been friends for about seven years at the time. [More]

A Gofundme campaign has been created to aid in financial assistance to help alleviate the family’s funeral expenses. 

Update May 26th
On May 26th Frank Nausigimana, with the help of an American Sign Language interpreter pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He said “I accept the punishment and am following the law of God.”

According to an agreed statement of facts read into court (Reported by CBC) earlier that day, Nausigimana had approached the mother’s vehicle outside his daughter’s daycare in Winnipeg.

Nausigimana had a knife, forced himself into the car and directed the mother to drive, the statement of facts said.

The woman became distraught and when he told her to switch seats with him, she used the opportunity to run away, believing Nausigimana would not harm their daughter.

Nausigimana stopped the car a short distance away and, soon after stopping, flagged down a passing vehicle and told the driver to call 911 because he had just killed his daughter.