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Baby Boy Dies in Shelter

April 21, 2012 permalink

An eleven-month-old baby boy has died in a Toronto women's shelter. Since the death was in the social services system, expect silence from authorities.



Baby pulled from bathtub dies

An 11-month-old boy has died after being pulled from a bathtub at a women’s homeless shelter.

Toronto Police say paramedics responded to the Sherbourne St. residence around 8:18 a.m. Tuesday and found the tot with no pulse.

“The baby wasn’t breathing,” Const. Tony Vella added.

He said the child was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A manager inside the city-run short-term shelter declined comment as she was still speaking with investigators.

Other workers told media to “go away,” saying many of the women staying in the facility didn’t know about the incident and they didn’t want to cause grief to expectant mothers. Some mothers pushing their babies in strollers appeared upset.

Around 10 a.m., police forensics investigators arrived at the scene.

A man, who would only identify himself as Willie, said he saw the baby being carried out on its back by paramedics.

“The mother came out, I could see her bawling,” said the witness. “She wasn’t in handcuffs, so I thought there must have been some sort of accident.

“The baby wasn’t wet, so they couldn’t have just pulled him out of a tub,” he said.

Police wouldn’t say if there is anything suspicious about the baby’s death.

Source: Toronto Sun