Inquest launched after 4-year-old girl found dead at Rattlesnake Point in Milton

Published February 9, 2023 at 3:15 pm

Today (Feb. 9), Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chief Coroner for Ontario, announced that an inquest will be held into the death of four-year-old Keira Brown (also known as Keira Kagan).

Kagan was found dead at the bottom of a cliff in Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area in Milton on Feb. 9, 2020.

The child, who fell to her death, was located next to her father, Robin Brown, at the base of the escarpment in Milton after going missing following a hike at the conservation area.

Kagan’s mother alleges that her daughter was the victim of a murder-suicide rather than an accident.

Since then, a website has been set up as a tribute to Kagan and a hub for advocacy work in hopes of helping to create change in the family court system.

“Domestic Violence IS relevant to parenting and children like Keira deserve better. Thirty to forty children a year in Canada are killed by a violent parent, often after systems such as the Courts and Children’s Aid Services fail to protect them,” reads the website.

Bill C-233, which has been dubbed “Keira’s Law,” aims to provide education for judges on domestic violence & coercive control and comes as a result of the federal government having amended the Divorce Act, which broadened the definition of family violence.

“Keira Kagan was going to change the world. We need to ensure that judges receive training on domestic violence and coercive control. I’m proud to support Bill C-233 to ensure this training becomes mandated in law,” reads a tweet by Pam Damoff, MP Oakville North-Burlington, who began a petition in 2022 that racked up over 5,000 signatures.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding her death and the jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing further deaths.

Details about the date and location will be provided at a later date when additional information becomes available.

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