Man faces murder charge after calling in mother’s death in Scarborough
Toronto police have a man, 40, in custody after his mother was found dead in Scarborough early Wednesday.
Police responded to a call at a residence on Bathgate Drive near the area of Lawrence Avenue East and Port Union Road just after 2 a.m.
Toronto paramedics said they located a woman with serious injuries and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said the person who made the 911 call is the man in custody.
“He is a resident of this address and he’s in custody at this time,” Det. Leslie Dunkley told reporters at the scene on Wednesday.
Police said there are no outstanding suspects and there is no risk to public safety.
Dunkley said the incident occurred inside the home.
“From what we know so far, there were only two people in the house,” Dunkley said.
An update from police late Wednesday afternoon identified the victim as Ninon Hardie, 72, of Toronto.
40-year-old Christopher Hardie has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Neighbours and police had told Global News the relationship between the deceased and the suspect was that of a mother and son.
“I feel saddened by the tragic loss of life,” neighbour Walter Yee said. “This is a peaceful neighbourhood and by and large, they were a peaceful neighbour.”
Yee said the mother and son kept to themselves but police have been called to the address several times.
“The home is known to police. I’ve been in my neighbourhood for 15 months now and police have come here more than two times,” Yee said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.
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