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Man handed 15-month jail term after guilty plea in snake-venom death of B.C. tot

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December 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM

VANCOUVER - A man has been sentenced to more than a year in jail for the death of a British Columbia toddler poisoned by snake venom.

Henry Thomas, who is in his early 50s, was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court in North Vancouver, five years after the death of two-year-old Aleka Gonzales.

Court records show that with time already served Thomas received a 15-month jail term and two years probation.

He pleaded guilty in July to one count of failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Gonzales was found dead in North Vancouver in May 2014 shortly after being returned to her mother following a visit with Thomas at his Fraser Valley home.

RCMP said an investigation began in 2015 when snakes and other equipment were seized from the man's property, but Thomas wasn't charged until January 2019 when tests confirmed the girl had been poisoned by snake venom.

Police have never said what type of snake was involved or how the girl may have contacted the venom.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2019

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