First responders were called to a home in Brampton at around 11 p.m. last night. When they arrived, it is reported that two young boys, ages 9 and 12 were found deceased inside the home. The Brampton homicide unit is investigating and treating the incident as suspicious, but police say there is no threat to the community at this time.
UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. on November 7, the father of the two boys, Edwin Bastidas, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Earlier: CTV News reports that the residence is located at Hiberton Cres., near Sandalwood Pkwy. W. and Creditview Rd.
Media relations officer Const. Heather Cannon spoke to reporters this morning, but she did not reveal much about the nature of what happened. Most of the investigation is still under wraps as officers aim to protect the integrity of their investigation.
"The call did come from within the house and it was shortly after that is was determined that the deaths were suspicious," she said. Police have no information about any suspects at this time.
During the meeting with reporters, one reporter said that witnesses saw two people being led away from the property in handcuffs, but Const. Cannon seemed to have no knowledge of this.
A reporter also asked why two Animal Services officers were at the scene, to which Cannon responded that she was unaware that there were animals in the house.
Const. Cannon has confirmed that police are interviewing the occupants of the house but will not confirm what their relationship is to the two boys. She would also not confirm if it was a domestic incident.
"The actual circumstances of what transpired here is what they are investigating at this point," she told reporters.
The call came from within the house and was called in as a medical emergency, but when first responders arrived and found the deceased kids, that is when it was deemed suspicious.
It is unclear if the coroner has determined the cause of death yet, and police have not released this information.
“It’s hard during an investigation like this – there are things that we won’t be speaking to just to maintain the integrity of the investigation,” said Const. Cannon.
While police have not identified the victims, CBC claims that neighbours have stated that two boys, Jonathan Bastidas, 12, and Nicholas Bastidas, 9.
Neighbours told CP24 that the two boys were brothers who lived with their mother and father.
"They were quiet. They were respectful... There really isn’t any trouble-makers on this street," Sarah Edwards, who lives in the neighbourhood, said. The neighbours also said that the two boys attended a Catholic school and that they liked to play basketball.
The investigation is still underway.