DEVASTATED: Brampton dad accused of murdering two boys – Toronto Sun

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Father charged after 2 boys found dead in Brampton home
A 52-year-old man has been charged after a nine-year-old boy and his 12-year-old brother were found dead in a Brampton home Wednesday night.

Police were called to the home on Hiberton Crescent, near Sandalwood Parkway and Creditview Road, just before 11 p.m. Wednesday for a medical call.

“When we attended, we didn’t find any obvious signs of trauma to the children. It was a little bit later on that it was determined to be a suspicious death in both cases,” Const. Heather Cannon said.

Video: 2 boys, aged 9 and 12, found dead in Brampton home

Father facing murder charges after 2 young boys found dead inside Brampton home

The exact cause of death has not been released. Cannon would not say where in the house the boys were were found, or who else was home at the time. Police say the 911 call came from inside the house but would not say who made the call.

"The call did come from within the house and it was shortly after that it was determined that the deaths were suspicious," Const. Heather Cannon told reporters outside the home on Thursday morning. 

Edwin Bastidas, the father of the two children, is facing two counts of first-degree murder. Police say no other charges have been laid at this time.

Neighbours say the boys lived with their parents at the home and another family member, believed to be an aunt, lived in the basement. They say there were no signs of trouble last night.

One resident of the community said he came home from work late last night and was shocked to learn what had taken place inside his neighbours home.

“I’m just in shock. I came home from work last night and saw the cruisers here,” said neighbour Paul Rodrigues. “This morning my daughter said her friend – the house that they live in – they found the kids dead.”

Cannon told media, gathered outside the north Brampton home this morning, that homicide investigators are now working to determine what transpired in the home resulting in the deaths of the boys. Officers will be canvassing the neighbourhood, she added.

Rodrigues, who identified the boys as Jonathan and Nicholas, said his wife was good friends with the mother of the children and frequently went for coffee with her.

Sarah, who did not provide her last name, has lived on a connecting street for 16 years. As she broke into tears, she described the neighbourhood as a close community and says the news hits close to home for her as a mother and grandmother.

“They’re just your regular everyday boys, they walk their dog through the neighbourhood. My daughter plays with them.”

“We’re shocked, in our neighbourhood, about why and how it’s happening.” said Rifat Bhuiyan, who lives directly across from the closed off area on Hiberton Crescent. “This neighbourhood is very quiet.”

Another area resident, Sam Mammen, said the neighbourhood has always been a safe place. He said he didn’t know the family but had seen the boys walking by.

“I’m an original resident and we’ve never had such issues here,” she said. “It’s something we never expected. It’s a beautiful neighbourhood. Two kids dying like this, it breaks my heart.”

Two young boys found dead inside Brampton home, father charged

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board said it was “saddened” to hear the news of the deaths of the two boys who attended St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School.

Bhuiyan said she would often see the boys outside playing basketball. Another resident in the area, Zameena Himav, also remembers the boys. She couldnt sleep after noticing the police presence in the neighbourhood Wednesday night.

“Members of the DPCDSB’s Tragic Events Response Team are in attendance at the school to provide support and counselling for students and staff,” the Board said in a statement. “The flag at the school has also been lowered to half-staff in memory of the two students.”

The actual circumstances of what transpired here is what they are investigating at this point, she said. Investigators are going to be canvassing the area and just looking for anybody that may have information that they can provide to our homicide bureau or if they wish to remain anonymous they can contact Crime Stoppers.

“If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable,” Brown said on Twitter. “As a parent, I just can’t comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving.”

Two boys, aged 12 and nine, found dead in Brampton home

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When we attended we did not find any signs of trauma to the children. It was a little later on that it was determined to be a suspicious death investigation, Const. Heather Cannon with Peel Regional Police told reporters at the scene on Thursday afternoon.

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\”Our investigators are still investigating, canvassing and speaking with people. As far as the actual cause of death, were not speaking to that at this point,\” Cannon told reporters. She added that officers were speaking to the occupants who were in the home at the time.

Father charged with first-degree murder in Brampton, ON deaths of two boys

Peel Regional Police say a father has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after his sons, a 12-year-old boy and a nine-year-old boy, were found dead inside a Brampton home Wednesday night.

\”We didnt find any obvious signs of trauma to the children. It was a bit later on that it was determined to be a suspicious death,\” she said, announcing that police had charged Edwin Bastidas, 52, with two counts of first-degree murder.

Emergency crews responded to a medical assistance call at a residence on Hiberton Crescent, near Creditview Road and Sandalwood Parkway West, at around 10:55 p.m.

Officers found two boys, aged 12 and nine, dead in the home. The Peel police homicide squad took over the investigation after the boys deaths were deemed suspicious, Const. Heather Cannon told reporters at the scene.

Police said when officers arrived, the two young boys were found dead. Shortly after, officers determined the deaths were suspicious, prompting the homicide unit to take over the investigation, police said.

Another resident of the area, Zameena Himav, said she couldnt sleep after noticing the police presence in the neighbourhood. \”Id see them with their parents all the time,\” she said. \”They were nice, happy kids.\”

Const. Heather Cannon told reporters Thursday afternoon that there were not “any obvious signs of trauma” to the children but would not say what their cause of death was.

A spokesperson for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board said members of the tragic events response team were at the elementary school to provide support and counselling

Cannon said officers have since charged the boys’ father, 52-year-old Edwin Bastidas, with two counts of first-degree murder.

Investigators said it has been determined to be an “isolated incident” and that there is no threat to the community. No one else is currently facing charges in the incident.

Peel Regional Police say they were called to a residence just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night in Brampton, Ont.

Neighbours told Global News they believe the two boys were living with their mother and father, though police did not say who was home at the time of the boys’ deaths.

Police west of Toronto say the death of two boys, aged nine and 12, are being investigated as homicides.

“If it’s the boys that I’m thinking of, they were quiet kids. They played on the street, they played road hockey, basketball … it’s just heart-wrenching the amount of kids on this corner,” Sarah Edwards, a neighbour on the street, said. “It could have been anybody. It could have been anybody’s kids. It’s not the way to wake up in the morning.”

Another neighbour, Paul Rodrigues, spoke to Global News and said his wife and daughter knew the people living in the residence. Rodrigues also said the boys had come by his own home as recently as Halloween night.

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Im just in shock. I came home from work last night and saw the cruisers here, Rodrigues said.

They were just your regular, everyday boys. They walked their dog through the neighbourhood. My daughter plays with them once in a while when theyre in front of our house.

The boys' father, Edwin Bastidas, is being held for a bail hearing and investigators are not seeking any other suspects.

The Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board said the boys were students at St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School in Brampton. Counselling is being provided for students and staff at the school.

Police were called to a home, in the usually quiet neighbourhood, on Hiberton Crescent at 11 o'clock last night.

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“If this is indeed a case, domestic- or familial-related homicides, it is unfathomable,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said on Twitter Thursday.

“As a parent, I just cant comprehend this. The crisis that lead to this is … unknown, but our whole community is grieving.”

Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the homicide and missing persons bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205, or anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Two boys, ages 12 and 9, have been located deceased.Homicide Bureau now has carriage of this investigation.There is no threat to the community.No further information at this time.