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Homicide unit investigating after incident at Toronto apartment building leaves 2 young boys dead

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The Toronto Police Service’s homicide unit is investigating an incident at a Scarborough apartment building that left two young boys dead and their mother critically injured.

Officers were called to a building on Glamorgan Avenue, near Kennedy and Ellesmere roads, at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday for reports that a woman had fallen from a balcony.

Police said officers arrived to find a 25-year-old woman on the ground outside the apartment building. The woman had suffered critical injuries but was conscious at the time, Insp. Terry Browne told reporters at a news conference on Monday morning.

“As a result of information they received at that location, they attended a unit within that building to check on the wellbeing of two young boys,” Browne said.

“Officers had to force entry into the unit. When they arrived inside, they did locate two young boys who were vital signs absent. Both were transported to local trauma centres, different trauma centres, but unfortunately both of them succumbed to their injuries.”

The boys, ages 4 and 5, were brothers and the children of the woman critically injured in the incident, Browne confirmed.

Police said officers arrived to find a woman on the ground outside the apartment building in critical condition. Two boys, ages 4 and 5, were also found inside an apartment in critical condition, investigators confirmed.

Police are on scene after a woman and two children with found with critical injuries at an apartment building in Scarborough on Dec. 10, 2023.

He said their mother remains in hospital in critical condition and will be undergoing surgery shortly.

Browne said the boys did not have any obvious signs of trauma when they were discovered but their deaths are being treated as “suspicious.”

“Autopsies for both of these young boys are not expected to occur before Wednesday of this week but given the circumstances and nature of this investigation, even its early stages, the homicide and missing persons unit has taken lead of this investigation,” he said.

“Certainly the scene presentation right now suggests that we in fact should be leading this investigation. The medical examiner will tell us conclusively how these boys may have met their fate.”

He noted police have “some information to suggest” that the boys were “healthy and well” earlier that day.

Browne added that police do not believe the woman’s fall from the balcony was accidental.

“I don’t believe at this stage that she was assisted in falling over the balcony. I don’t know what her motive was when that occurred but certainly I have no reason to think that someone was with her at the time she fell,” Browne added.

“My understanding is her injuries are quite serious but she is stable right now. I suspect she is likely going to survive.”

He noted that police have been in contact with relatives of the deceased boys and their mother.

“They have been cooperative with us thus far with providing a narrative with regard to this family dynamic,” Browne said.

A custodian at the building told CP24 that the father of the two boys had recently passed away following a brief battle with cancer. Browne would not confirm that information at Monday’s news conference.

“I’m not going to get into the specifics of the family dynamic right now,” Browne said. “There was no one else in the unit when we attended. The two boys were located by themselves.”

The custodian, who identified himself as Jay, told CP24 on Monday that he bumped into the woman in the elevator just last week and she confirmed that the father of the boys had died.

“I heard rumours that he had passed away,” he said. “She was saying they were in the hospital for five days… I think on the fifth day he passed.”

Jay described the couple and their kids as a “happy family.”

“I wave at them every time they come down,” he said. 

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