Toronto mom charged with attempted murder in assault of young boy appears in court
Published Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:52AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 31, 2013 7:16PM EDT
A Toronto mother who has been charged with attempted murder after her 11-year-old son suffered life-threatening injuries appeared in court today.
The mother, 32, has been remanded and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.
She is facing three charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessaries for life.
Police are not releasing the woman’s name in an effort to protect the identity of the young victim.
The boy remains in hospital on a ventilator, in critical but stable condition, reports CP24's Jackie Crandles.
He was found by police early Friday morning with severe head injuries in an apartment unit in the city’s west end.
Several 911 calls were made from the building when an altercation broke out in a 12th-floor unit at 19 Eva Rd.
When police arrived to the building, they found the main entrance locked and had to break through the glass in the lobby to make their way into the unit.
The boy was found on the apartment’s balcony and was taken to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Two other children were also removed from the home and are now in the care of the Children’s Aid Society.
Police would not give details on the nature of the relationship between the other children in the house, noting the need to protect their identity.
One neighbour said his family suddenly heard screaming from the apartment, “and it went on for quite a while.”
They could also hear the mother reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
Toronto police said three officers sustained minor injuries during the incident. None of the officers had to be taken to hospital.
Police arrested the boy’s mother and another woman. The second woman has since been released and will not face any charges. The second woman’s relationship to the family is not clear.
Initial information from officers at 22 Division suggested a weapon had been used on the boy, possibly a household item.
Police also said a fridge was found toppled over in the apartment.
Witnesses said the mother was acting strangely as she sat in the back of a police cruiser following her arrest, blowing kisses and smiling.
Neighbours described the boy as a polite, friendly child who liked to play with his skateboard outside the building.
The boy was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday.
With reports from CP24’s Jackie Crandles