Winnipeg police upgrade charge to second-degree murder against man in stabbing of 3-year-old boy

Daniel Jensen, 33, charged with second-degree murder. (Photo: Dan Jensen/Facebook)

Winnipeg police have upgraded a charge to second-degree murder for a man who stabbed a 3-year-old boy as he slept.

On October 30, at approximately 2:35 a.m., police responded to a residence in the 300 block of Pritchard Avenue for a report a child was seriously assaulted.

Upon arrival, officers found a boy suffering from stab wounds and provided emergency first aid. He was transported to hospital in critical condition.

Winnipeg police at home on 300 block of Pritchard Avenue after a child was assaulted on October 30, 2019. 

Members of the Major Crimes Unit identified a male suspect known to the family.

At approximately 4:05 p.m., the same day, a Patrol unit was travelling in the area of McPhillips Street and Leila Avenue when they spotted the suspect and placed him under arrest.

He was later named by police as Daniel Jensen, 33, of Winnipeg.

Investigators believe Jensen had been in the company of the child’s mother at an address on Main Street when she was assaulted by him. Jensen then went to the Pritchard Avenue residence, where the 3-year-old was sleeping and stabbed the boy before fleeing.

Hunter Haze Straight-Smith.

The child was identified by his family as Hunter Haze Straight-Smith.

On November 2, he succumbed to his injuries.

In consultation with Manitoba Justice, members of the Major Crimes Unit obtained a warrant for the arrest of Jensen for second-degree murder.

On November 6, investigators attended the Winnipeg Remand Centre and placed Jensen under arrest.

He was returned to custody.