A woman and child were rushed to hospital with stab wounds Friday evening. The pair were found in medical distress in a green space in the northwest community of Beddington.
Police were called out to the area of Bearberry Crescent and Berwick Drive at around 7 p.m. Both the injured child and woman were taken to hospital in serious but stable condition.
A male suspect was taken into custody a short time later without incident.
“As police converged on the scene, there was additional intelligence that came forth from neighbours and witnesses, suggesting that an individual nearby might be responsible for that matter,” Staff Sgt. Asif Rashid said.
Rashid said it doesn’t appear to be a targeted attack.
“We don’t have any information to suggest that the person taken into custody is known to the two victims. What I might impress is that there is no immediate public safety concerns that we have because we do believe that the individual taken into custody has some information that is relevant to the incident before us today,” Rashid said.
Police aren’t confirming the age of the male taken into custody or the age of the child. Neighbours told Global News the child victim is a young boy.
“We have an extensive scene in a greenbelt,” Rashid said. “Of course night has fallen now, so we will have to conduct a robust investigation with the witnesses we have and the individual who is in custody and conduct a thorough scene exam and try to gain an understanding as to why this would have happened and what potential motivations there might have been.”