Mother accused of manslaughter kills herself

A New Westminster woman charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of her infant son a year ago has taken her life.

Integrated Homicide Investigation Unit said in a news release Joyce Dobranski, 32, committed suicide on June 28.

In the early morning hours of June 22, 2011 New Westminster police got a call from a woman wanting help because her six-month-old son was hurt. He was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital and then BC Children's Hospital where he died three days later.

IHIT was called in and on March 13 of this year determined there was enough evidence to lay a manslaughter charge.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Pound said IHIT will not make any comment on either death except to say, "our hearts go out to the family of Joyce who are now struggling to deal with both of these tragic losses."

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