Mother charged after son’s deadly fall from apartment

A mother has been charged with the death of her two-year-old son who fell from their 14th floor apartment near Driftwood Ave. and Yorkwoods Gate area in late July.

Toronto Police were called to the building around 5 p.m. on July 28 after residents called 911.

Investigators allege the boy’s mother, 31, left the apartment for unknown reasons, leaving him alone.

While she was away, the tot fell from the window.

“The Toronto Police Service is not publishing/confirming the name of the woman or the boy in this incident,” said Const. Caroline de Kloet.

“While we appreciate the compelling public interest in this case, our priority is to protect the privacy of the child and, as a result, no information that may lead to his identity will be released.”

The boy was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.

The BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC,) comprised of specialized child abuse investigators from Toronto Police and children services organizations, took over this investigation, police said.

Toronto Police Const. Carlo Colacci leaves a bouquet of flowers of behalf of 31 Division at a makeshift memorial for a young boy who died after falling from his 14th floor apartment near Driftwood Ave. in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday July 29, 2020.

The woman surrendered to police on Thursday.

She was charged with causing death by criminal negligence and parent/spouse not providing necessaries of life-endanger.

She is scheduled to appear at 1000 Finch Ave. W. court on Nov. 5.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2922, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

Started in Oct. 2013, member organizations of CYAC include the Catholic Children’s Aid Society, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children’s Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program (SCAN,) and Radius Child & Youth Services.

The Sunpreviously reported that it wasn’t clear how long the boy was on the ground before being spotted.

Police said the boy’s mother was with him in hospital when he died.

A witness, who didn’t give her name, said she saw the boy’s mother arrive at the scene “carrying food bags.”

“I saw her arriving, she was in tears. She ran to the ambulance,” the woman said.

Another resident, Jay Benoit, said the windows in the building were replaced last year and were supposed to be childproof.

In March, a five-year-old girl was seriously injured after falling 12 storeys from her apartment balcony at 2900 Jane St.

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