Intellectually disabled Winnipeg teen attacked, left in dumpster

The parents of a Winnipeg teen say their son, who has intellectual disabilities, was attacked and left in a dumpster for hours in freezing temperatures.

See Full Article

Jean-Michael Morrissette, 13, doesn't like to talk about what happened to him after school last Thursday.

"He hasn't told us the whole entire story all at one," his mother, Marie Kinnear, told CTV Winnipeg.

"It has been piece-by-piece."

But his parents say their son was on his way home from school, in the city's North End, when he was approached by two men who beat him up and threw him in a trash bin in an alley near Flora Avenue and Parr Street, just blocks from their home.

Morrissette spent hours in the dumpster, despite the fact that the temperature was -15 C outside.

The 13-year-old was eventually found by Nicole Langlois. Langlois initially heard faint cries for help from the alley Thursday evening, but didn't know where they were coming from.

However, she returned a few hours later and decided to check inside the dumpster.

"I just had this gut feeling to turn around and look," said Langlois.

Langlois found Morrissette up to his chest in garbage and unable to climb out.

"All he kept saying was: 'Help. They pushed me in here,'" Langlois recalled.

"I kept trying to talk to him and ask him who, and he didn't talk back to me."

After Langlois helped him out, she says the teen ran off.

Morrissette's parents say their son doesn't have any injuries, and they're grateful for Langlois' help.

"We owe her a lot because if it wasn't for her finding him that night, it could've been a lot worse," said Kinnear.

After hearing about what happened to his son, Morrissette's father, John, was enraged.

"I wanted to go out and find the guys that did this to my son, and hurt them the same way," said John Morrissette.

The family filed a report with police on Wednesday, and are asking anyone with information or security video to report to authorities.

"I hope they find who did this to my son," said his father, John Morrissette.

In light of the incident, Morrissette has been taking a cab to and from school.

But the family hopes they can find another arrangement that they're comfortable with and that's safe for their son.

With a report from CTV Winnipeg's Michelle Gerwing



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • U.S. notes advance in Mexican migration enforcement

    World News CTV News
    MEXICO CITY -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged during a meeting Sunday that Mexico has made significant progress on migration enforcement, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said. Ebrard said in a statement that due to these advances, Mexico sees no need to negotiate a "safe third country" agreement with Washington that would require migrants to apply for asylum in Mexico rather than in the U.S. Source
  • Plane crash near Jasper townsite sends two people to hospital

    Canada News CBC News
    Two people have been taken to hospital after a small plane crashed near the town of Jasper on Sunday afternoon. It was reported at about 1:30 p.m. that the aircraft crashed into the Athabasca River near the local airport, RCMP Const. Source
  • President's party leads Ukraine election, exit poll says

    World News CTV News
    KIEV, Ukraine -- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party took the largest share of votes in the country's snap parliamentary election, an exit poll showed Sunday. The poll of 13,000 voters showed Servant of the People getting 43.9% of the vote for party-list candidates, far ahead of rivals. Source
  • U.S. accuses Venezuela jet of aggressive action over Caribbean

    World News CTV News
    CARACAS, Venezuela -- U.S. authorities on Sunday said that a Venezuelan fighter jet "aggressively shadowed" an American intelligence plane flying in international airspace over the Caribbean, underscoring rising tensions between the two nations. The U.S. Source
  • Relief in sight for southeastern Canada following weekend heat wave

    Canada News CTV News
    MONTREAL -- Relief is in sight for sweltering Canadians after a weekend of high humidity and thunderstorms that have affected sporting events, caused localized flooding, and sent people flocking to local pools to beat the heat. Source
  • Roy Halladay's widow calls late pitcher 'true competitor' at Hall of Fame induction

    Canada News CBC News
    The late Roy Halladay has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. His widow, Brandy, delivered the speech and fought back tears as she spoke. The 40-year-old Halladay was killed in a plane crash in November 2017. Source
  • Nearly 8 in 10 Canadians prefer Dems over Trump; Sanders, Biden most popular: poll

    World News CTV News
    A new poll finds that if Canadians could vote in the U.S. election, nearly eight in 10 would choose one of the five leading Democratic presidential hopefuls over Republican President Donald Trump. The Abacus Data online survey of 1,500 adult Canadians finds that 79 per cent would prefer former vice president Joe Biden or Sen. Source
  • New audio shows U.K. could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker

    World News CBC News
    The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio, released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global, explains that a British frigate was too far away from the targeted tanker to keep it from being diverted into an Iranian port despite U.K. Source
  • More than 100kg of gold 'linked to drugs cartels' seized at U.K. airport

    World News CTV News
    More than 100 kilograms of gold linked to South American drugs cartels was seized by officials at London’s Heathrow Airport. In a press release, officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) – the United Kingdom’s lead agency against organized crime -- said the gold had initially been flown out of Venezuela to the Cayman Islands by a private jet. Source
  • More than 100 kg of gold 'linked to drugs cartels' seized at U.K. airport

    World News CTV News
    More than 100 kilograms of gold linked to South American drugs cartels was seized by officials at London’s Heathrow Airport. In a press release, officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) – the United Kingdom’s lead agency against organized crime -- said the gold had initially been flown out of Venezuela to the Cayman Islands by a private jet. Source