Two women and six children were in a basement room and a boy found on a bed in need of assistance, police say
A mother, her common-law husband and six children from the couple’s home in Toronto have been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child after a 13-month-old girl died of ingested drugs last year.
According to Toronto police, the child, who was from a different family, was taken to hospital with serious injuries on 22 October last year. She died on the same day.
On Wednesday, Evelyn Monyak and her common-law husband, Daniel Doiron, both 42, of Toronto, were charged with one count of causing or allowing the death of a child, and six counts of neglect of a dependent person. They were arrested on Wednesday morning.
They were later released on bail.
Four other siblings aged five, three, five and one were in a basement room and a boy found on a bed in need of assistance.
The adults were found to be intoxicated, and the five-year-old child was found wandering alone in the area.
“Due to the call, we were able to contain the situation to the basement, in a basement apartment, and that resulted in all six children remaining in the apartment,” said Detective Inspector Brad Kaye, from the Major Organized Crime unit.
He said police found the drugs in the immediate area, and that the two suspects were renting the apartment. “Police were able to find narcotics recovered in the apartment and also arrest the two adults who were residing there,” Kaye said.
Kaye said the investigation is ongoing and that police are trying to determine the exact events that led to the girl’s death.
“We’re making sure we get everything that has occurred, and not just the results that we’ve received,” he said.
Police are calling for any witnesses to come forward, saying the investigation is ongoing.
Police said they would not be releasing the identity of the deceased child. “It’s very important that we not only investigate this matter to the fullest, but that we provide to the family the dignity that she deserves,” Kaye said.
“In that way we’re trying to do justice in this terrible tragedy, to bring closure to the family and also find out exactly what happened and prevent any other unnecessary tragedy.”
• This article was amended on 27 February to correct the age of Evelyn Monyak.