Father charged after 2 boys found dead in Brampton home – CityNews

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Father facing murder charges after 2 young boys found dead inside 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

Homicide and missing persons investigators are still working to figure out what happened at the scene.

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.

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“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.”

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Father charged with first-degree murder after children found dead in Brampton home

“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.”

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If this is indeed a case, domestic or familial related homicides, it is unfathomable, Mr. Brown said on Twitter. As a parent, I just cant comprehend this. The crisis that led to this is yet unknown. But our whole community is grieving.

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He called the victims regular boys and said their names were Jonathan and Nicholas. They walked their dog and played with his daughter in front of his house, Mr. Rodrigues said. An older sister lived in the basement, he said.

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The board said its tragic events response team is at the school to provide support and counselling to students and staff, and the schools flag is at half-staff in memory of the two students.

Homicide detectives investigate after two boys, aged 12 and 9, found dead

The father of two children found dead inside a Brampton home late Wednesday night has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

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.

Two boys, ages 9 and 12, were subsequently found dead inside a house on the residential street, located near Sandalwood Parkway West and Brisdale Drive.

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"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. 

“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.”

Cannon said that the first officers to arrive located the boys bodies but found nothing to indicate any foul play.

“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.”

It was only after the coroner attended and checked the scene that homicide investigators were brought to the scene.

Police say the "circumstances of what transpired" inside the residence is currently under investigation by the homicide unit. 

\”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.

Investigators say they believe this is an "isolated incident" and there is "no threat to the community."

\”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.

She could not tell reporters where the boys were found inside the residence or when investigators believe they died.

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.

A man identified by police as 52-year-old Edwin Bastidas was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

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.\”

Officers declined to identify Bastidas slain sons, but friends and family identified them as 12-year-old Jonathan Bastidas and 9-year-old Nicolas Bastidas.

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

Neighbours told CP24 that the two boys lived at the house with their mother and father and attended a nearby Catholic school.

"They were quiet. They were respectful… There really isnt any trouble-makers on this street," Sarah Edwards, who lives in the neighbourhood, said.

Ive never seen any kind of police activity here. The worst we have is people that go too fast down the street, she said.

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.

They are just your regular, everyday boys. They walk their dog through the neighbourhood. My daughter plays with them once in a while when they are out in front of our house and they play with each other at recess when they are at school, he said.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board said Jonathan and Nicolas attended St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School.

"Prayers have been offered for the two students, their families and friends as well as the entire St. Bonaventure community. The flag at the school has also been lowered to half-staff in memory of the two students. A letter is being sent to all St. Bonaventure families today," the board said in a statement released Thursday.

The board said grief counsellors would be at the school Thursday and Friday to comfort those reeling from the sudden loss of two classmates.