2 charged with murder after baby found dead

This morning, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged a 21-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man with the second-degree murder of their son.

The body of little E’liah Canim, the child of the couple, was found on Aug. 8 at the family’s home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, and was subsequently sent to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children for treatment. He died four days later.

The SIU’s investigation revealed that the mother smoked crack cocaine with her husband the evening prior to the child’s death, and both are believed to have been high on substances during the child’s hours in the care of their child. According to the SIU, the child ingested drugs that had been prescribed to both parents that were not authorized for their child’s use, and when taken together with an opiate painkiller, they were lethal.

The SIU’s probe revealed that the parents admitted to their habits in front of other family members, and that the child was seen being dropped into a bathtub filled with water when he was just 2 months old.

The SIU also said that the mother had given birth to another child, a 6-month-old girl, six months before the fatal drug overdose, and that the other child was in the care of the mother at the time of E’liah’s death. In addition, the SIU said that the husband was initially interviewed by the police, but was released without charges, and then became “disassociated” from the other investigation. He was arrested early Friday morning and charged with E’liah’s murder.

Read the full story at CBC News.

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