Hamilton police say a 16-year-old has been arrested after a toddler was seriously injured inside a home in the city’s southeast mountain.
Police and paramedics were called to a home near Rymal Road and Trinity Church Road at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday for reports that a child was injured.
Paramedics said a child was found suffering “traumatic injuries” that are serious but non-life-threatening. Police said the toddler, a 22-month-old girl, was taken to hospital and is now in stable condition.
Investigators said they then found the teenage boy barricaded inside of the home, prompting a lengthy standoff.
There was a heavy police presence around the home with uniformed and patrol officers, tactical unit and a crisis negotiator.
Stewart said the situation was contained, officers surrounded the home, and there was no threat to public safety.
At around 10:30 a.m., police said officers had breached the home. Police said the teenager was removed from the residence and taken to hospital for examination shortly before noon.
“When we did enter the residence we found one single male, 16 years of age, and he was successfully and safely apprehended,” Stewart said.
It is unknown the relationship between the 16-year-old suspect and the toddler. Stewart said due to the suspect’s age they cannot reveal specifics but said that he is known to the family.
“There is still a lot of work to be done, interviews have to take place. We have officers in various parts of the city conducting the investigation,” Stewart said.
It’s not clear what, if any, charges the 16-year-old is facing.
Police closed Rymal Road between Trinity Church Road and Dakota Boulevard for the investigation.
Stewart said the Catholic school near the home, Bishop Ryan Secondary School, remained open.
— With files from Rick Zamperin