More than a year after the death of a 23-month old child in East Ferris, police charged four people with Manslaughter

On January 15, 2020, the North Bay OPP responded to the report of a 23-month-old child who was found unresponsive, without vitals in an East Ferris home.

The child was pronounced at the scene.

After a lengthy investigation by North Bay OPP Crime Unit, under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch, with the assistance of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, it was determined that the child’s death was a homicide.

On March 30th and Aril 1st police arrested Nadine Melvaer, 30, from East Ferris, Tyler Campbell, 35, from North Bay, Rhandi Melvaer, 56, from East Ferris and Wayne Smith, 57, from East Ferris have all been charged with manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life.

Nadine Melvaer and Tyler Campbell have been remanded into custody pending a bail hearing.

Rhandi Melvaer and Wayne Smith have been released on an appearance notice and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on May 4.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this death should contact the North Bay OPP at (705) 495-3878.

The Ontario 2020 Homicide Victim List is available here