Murder charges laid against father after young boys found dead in Brampton, Ont. home – CTV News

Murder charges laid against father after young boys found dead in Brampton, Ont. home - CTV News
Brampton father charged with 1st-degree murder of 2 young sons
TORONTO – A 52-year-old father is now facing two counts of first-degree murder after a nine-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were found dead inside a Brampton, Ont. home late Wednesday night.

Emergency crews were called to a residence on Hiberton Crescent, located in the area of Sandalwood Parkway West and Creditview Road, shortly before 11 p.m. for a medical assistance call that came from inside the home.

"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.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers said they located the two young boys. They were found with no obvious signs of trauma, according to police, and were pronounced dead at the scene.

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.

While investigators have not named the children, friends and neighbours have identified the young boys to CP24 as Jonathan, 12, and Nicolas Bastidas, 9.

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.

Because there werent obvious signs of trauma, thats where the coroner attended and thats when it was determined that it was suspicious and thats when our homicide and missing persons bureau was notified and we took over the investigation.

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.

Its still early on with that so our investigators are still investigating and canvassing and speaking with people, but as far as the actual cause of death, we are not speaking to that at this point, Cannon said.

Video: Father charged after 2 boys found dead in Brampton home: Peel police

Its hard during an investigation like this – there are things that we wont be speaking to just to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

While updating the case, Cannon confirmed charges had been laid against the boys father Edwin Bastidas. He appeared in court Thursday morning. 

“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 investigators have been interviewing and have gotten to the point where they have charged somebody with first-degree murder, she said.

“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.”

While Cannon was able to confirm that the 911 call was made from inside the home, she was not able to speak to who reached out to officials.

“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.”

Few additional details have been released in the investigation thus far, but several police cruisers and forensic officers were seen canvassing the area collecting evidence throughout the day on Thursday.

When asked if there was any possible threat to public safety, Cannon said no, noting that this is believed to be an isolated incident.

Deaths of two boys found in Brampton, Ont., home treated as homicides

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.

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We have two young boys who are deceased and I think even as police officers, this isnt something that we enjoy doing but we have a job to do and thats what we are doing today, she said. Its difficult.

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

A woman who said she babysat the brothers throughout their childhood said that learning of their deaths was heartbreaking and unimaginable.

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

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

I took care of Jonathan and Nicolas from the time Nicolas was 11 months old and Jonathan was two, the woman, who wished to only be identified as Laurie, said on Thursday afternoon.

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

Video: Father charged in death of 2 Brampton boys

(Their mother) was dropping the kids off at school and I was driving by and I saw them and I stopped and just said Hi, how are you guys doing? We have to get together soon. We have to do a playdate with the boys, she said.

\”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.

Video: Father charged in death of 2 Brampton boys

Speaking with CP24 on Thursday morning, a neighbour said the two young boys lived in the home with their mother and father.

\”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.

They were quiet, they were respectful, the neighbour said. There really isnt any trouble-makers on this street.

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.

Another neighbour told CP24 that she would see the boys playing out on the street from time to time.

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.\”

Homicide officers probe deaths of two boys, aged 12 and 9 – Canada News

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) released a statement regarding the deaths of the young boys, confirming they were students at St. Bonaventure Catholic Elementary School in Brampton.

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

Members of the DPCDSBs tragic events response team are in attendance at the school to provide support and counseling for students and staff, the statement said. Prayers have been offered for the two students, their families and friends as well as the entire St. Bonaventure community.

Officers are appealing to anyone with further information regarding the investigation to come forward.

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Anything can help even though we have arrested somebody. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

Police say there were no obvious signs of trauma to the boys' bodies and they're calling it an isolated incident with no threat to the community.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact officers at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205 or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Investigators have released security camera images of a man after a senior was robbed near the citys Annex neighbourhood last month.

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

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.

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.

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.

Because there werent obvious signs of trauma, thats where the coroner attended and thats when it was determined that it was suspicious and thats when our homicide and missing persons bureau was notified and we took over the investigation.

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.

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.

“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.

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 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.

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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.