MONTREAL -- After more than a week of clinging to life, the city's youngest homicide victim of 2008 died alone in a Montreal hospital.
Now the hunt is on for the nine-month-old boy's mother and her boyfriend, who haven't been heard from in nearly a week. Police have issued arrest warrants for the tot's 19-year-old mother, Flotvelyne Jean-Louis, and her boyfriend Casy Pierre Mesidor, 26.
Both face murder charges, police say.
The American-born infant is believed to have perished after being violently shaken.
Montreal lawyer Frank Pappas met with the couple on several recent occasions. They were accompanied at one point by a local pastor.
"They were two refugees without any means to retain a lawyer," Pappas said.
The couple needed advice about "an extensive interrogation by police after they brought their child to the Montreal Children's Hospital," he said.
Pappas says he last heard from the pair last Friday evening.
The lawyer says he received a call from the hospital on Sunday imploring him to get a message to the boy's mother that things looked bleak for the tot.
But no one could find her or her boyfriend, Pappas said.
"They seemed pretty agitated, it was a pretty distressing situation," Pappas said of his last encounter with the couple.
The baby died Tuesday evening.
Const. Lynne Labelle, a Montreal police spokeswoman, said the couple lived in Canada since last October, arriving via the United States.
While both adults have Haitian citizenship, it appears neither adult has any status in Canada or the United States. The baby has American citizenship.
"We know they've been here since last October but we don't know why they are here," Labelle said. "We also don't know why they were in the United States."
Ambulance technicians found the baby boy unconscious and in cardiac arrest when they were called to the family's suburban Montreal apartment on Feb. 16.
The boy had suffered multiple fractures, bruising and bleeding in the brain. He spent 10 days in intensive care.
The head trauma triggered by shaken baby syndrome can cause brain damage, paralysis and death.