When some children die at
the hands of their parents, from abuse, their story is covered in great
detail, down to the last little thing. Dillon Breana Belanger doesn't
seem to be one of those children, I have done a detailed search and
have found next to nothing about her, her life, her family, or even her
death, but I feel she deserves to have her story told.
When Dillon was born, she was taken from her mother and placed with a
foster family. Dillon thrived in their home, with love, attention and
affection, they all grew to love each other. It was said that Dillon's
speech was so advanced that at the age of only three years old, she was
already on the level of a teenager. It was clear that this foster
family was the right place for Dillon. Unfortunately, as all too often
it happens, someone in "power" decided that Dillon should go to live
with her mother after being in a foster home for about three and a half
The happy home that Dillon had been placed in suddenly changed when
they were told that Dillon would be returned to the home of her mother
by the Child And Family Services in Canada. This little Angel, who was
called Breana by those who loved her, was returned to a mother who had
a criminal record which included charges of prostitution. Mary Belanger
was living in a home with her boyfriend and two other children when she
was given custody of her daughter by CFS, this was a big mistake on
Mary had Breana living with her for a year when an "accident" took
place. Mary said that Breana climbed up on a counter and that she fell
off and then climbed up one more time and fell again. Breana was taken
to the hospital in Winnipeg where she died from what was said to be
severe injuries after having been assaulted. Mary Joana Belanger was 32
years old when
she was arrested and charged with second degree murder, aggravated
assault and failing to provide the necessities of life.
The foster family that Breana had lived with were devastated and
if something could have been done to prevent her death:
"I wish we would have
known. Maybe it could have been prevented"
Mandamin - Foster Grandfather
Mandamin - Foster Grandmother
Even the Province said they had concerns about this case:
"The facts are
Mackintosh - Minister Of Family Services
Gord had asked the Office Of Children's Advocate to make Breana's case
a top priority since CFS had been involved in this case from the
beginning of Breana's life and that the facts were vile, outrageous and
"It appears that the
family in question were residents of both Northwestern Ontario and
from time to time and had some historic involvement with child welfare
both jurisdictions. My understanding is that there were some family
supports that were
As it turned out, Mary had been visited by Animiki Ozoson Child And
Family Services in September.
Reports said that Mary's boyfriend was devastated and was of the belief
that what happened to Breana was an accident. CFS was said to have
removed the other two children, a 13 year old girl and an 18 month old
boy, from the home. One of those children was there to witness the
assault on Breana and this was not the first time that CFS had been
called to the home.
Mary's police record included convictions for breaking and entering in
June of 2006, theft under the amount of $5,000. in April of 2004, a
theft charge in 2003 and several convictions for refusing to comply
with court orders. Gord said that Breana's death was a profound social
"Any time there is a
tragedy like this it is absolutely critical that there be an outside,
analysis of every step taken to ensure that the right things were done
steps were made according to the standards that are in place. And if
there had to be immediate actions to address any shortcomings"
Since Mary had only moved to the area about three weeks prior to the
death of Breana, neighbors said they didn't know anything about the
people living in the home.
Using several different search engines to try to find information about
Mary's conviction, if she ever was convicted, I am unable to find
BELANGER, Dillon Breana - November 29, 2005 -October 26, 2010
with deep sadness and great sorrow that the family of Dillon announce
her sudden passing on October 26, 2010.
Dillon was predeceased by her
Grandmother Noella Belanger and Grandfather Robin Greene.
She leaves to
cherish her memory her mother Mary Belanger (Jim Okapiec), brother
Kayden and sister Makayla. She will also be sadly missed by her
grandfather Basil Greene, grandparents Steven and Alice Kejick and
their children Garland (Sherri), Chris, Earl (Nellie) and Eveleen
(George), foster parents Conway and Crystal Kejick and brother Roman
Munroe, grandparents Kathleen and Gus, grandparent Ella Dawn Greene and
her children Laverna, Corrina, Vivian and Bernice, uncles Peter
(Melissa) and Basil Sandy, as well as special friends and family Lena
Okapiec, Christopher and Bridget, Courtney, Audrey, Lorraine (Ray),
Larry and Kim, Raymond, Keenan, Jayden, Robert Charles, Patrick,
Glenna, Roberta and Janice.
A special thank you to the staff at PICU at
the Children’s Hospital and Vita Paramedics for your care and support
Wake Services were held at David Kejick School in Shoal Lake
First Nation, Ontario on Friday, October 29, 2010.
followed on Saturday, October 30, 2010 also in Shoal Lake, ON.
Arrangements entrusted to: Rock Fontaine Funeral Director
Honour-Respect-Dignity In Wpg 204-223-2576 or toll free 1-(866)-499-2601
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