In the midst of an Ontario provincial police investigation into the way Ontario pathologist Dr. David Williams treated a dead child, his parents have joined forces in an effort to shed some light on the situation.
It has been suggested that officers of the Ontario Provincial Police received their information in the tunnel vision case from Dr. Williams himself and may not have asked much of him in their investigation.
According to the parents, Const. Trent Taggart told them he learned about the investigation from the Ontario Provincial Police.
“I just felt like I was being followed,” said Kris.
“He’s telling us how important our statements are to the case,” he added.
In a letter to Dr. Williams obtained by the Citizen, Kris said the police treated him as “an unreliable witness” because he inquired about the child’s autopsy report.
He also confirmed that he received a second autopsy report that showed injuries consistent with force.
“Your examinations and reports and assumptions regarding the death of Stephen were not disclosed to my family when we became aware of your written conclusions and the extensive injury which was clearly visible to us as a result of our grandson’s premature death,” he said.
He warned Dr. Williams that the parents will speak to law enforcement again unless police hand over the original autopsy report that they received from Dr. Williams and provide the parents a better explanation for the reports.
Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney has expressed her concern with the pathologist’s conduct and response to a critical commentary of his work.
“I am seeking legal counsel from the Ontario Solicitor General’s Office to guide me on what actions can be taken in light of that article and conduct of the pathologist in general,” she said.
Catherine Lloyd, a family friend, said the family is not ruling out a lawsuit but the priority is to get answers.
Dr. Williams has not returned several messages from the Citizen.
He has stood by his work in response to the critical commentary.
“I can’t comment on the specifics of my cases but I have passed all the required tests for my profession,” he said.
“I’m very proud of my standards.”