Sister of teen accused in Regina stabbing says he endured abuse

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April 30, 2014 - 6:27am Updated: April 30, 2014 - 9:18am
Police tape surrounding a pile of bloody clothes at Cornwall Centre Tuesday night. Andrew Shepherd/CJME
Police tape surrounding a pile of bloody clothes at Cornwall Centre Tuesday night. Andrew Shepherd/CJME

He endured abuse and grew up in foster homes with no support from his parents. Now he's the lone suspect in a random stabbing spree in Regina.

The sister of the 15-year-old boy charged in the Cornwall Centre stabbing spoke to News Talk Radio the same day the boy made his second appearance in youth court. Her name cannot be released because that would reveal the young offender's identity.

The teenage boy has been in and out of foster homes since he was six years old often living with one of his many siblings or family friends. His sister said the boy didn't have a strong parental structure or a good sense of what was right or wrong.

"We were always babysitting or always left alone or always abused," she said.

The sister said the accused-boy's mother has been unsupportive, and the boy has only seen his father a few times in his life. The suspect has told his sister that he doesn't like living in the foster homes he's been placed in, telling her stories of abuse he's had to endure. The boy often hangs around an older brother who has also been in trouble with the law.

"If he can't fight my brother, he'll go and fight somebody else or take his anger out on somebody else," the sister said.

She admitted she has abused drugs and alcohol in the past but says she is sober now and trying to straighten out her own life. The sister said she wants to be a role model for her younger brother. She even let him stay with her for a time. However, he soon had a run in with the law.

"I can't have somebody in my house living like that," she said.

She said her relationship with her brother isn't as close as it should be and they need to work with some trust issues.

"I'm going to do whatever I can to support my baby brother."
 
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