More than a dozen people have been arrested as part of a child abuse investigation at a home in northeast Winnipeg.
Police say the investigation began after a woman contacted police on Friday and reported that her 11-year-old son had been sexually abused by her mother.
The investigation was launched on Sunday after the child’s father, a man from the area, called police and told police that his son had threatened him with a knife.
Officers are still investigating whether the mother or other family members are involved in the allegations.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBC News she has been dealing with abuse from her husband for years.
She said her husband is abusive and often puts his hands on the boy.
The mother is a full-time employee at a local health care facility, but she said she has no reason to believe her son is a victim of abuse.
She’s also concerned her son may have been physically abused by his mother.
“I don’t know why he would do something like that, but he’s going to have to be very careful, because if he sees his mother he knows he’s not safe,” she said.
“He’s going through something like this, he’s probably going to be scared of his mom, and I think that’s going the wrong way for him.”
The Manitoba Department of Justice says the woman is charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts each of sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.
The agency says the investigation is ongoing and that police will be seeking other people to turn in information about the case.
The home where the investigation was conducted has been seized.
It is located at 816 Bayview Ave.
W. in Winnipeg.