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Police investigating deaths of two young boys in east Toronto as suspicious

Toronto police say the deaths of two young boys found in an apartment after their mother fell from a balcony are being treated as suspicious.

Police say they were called to an apartment building in northeast Toronto around 7:30 p.m. Sunday and found a 25-year-old woman on the ground who appeared to have fallen from a unit.

They say that based on information received at the scene, officers conducted a wellness check on two boys believed to be in the unit.

In a news conference Monday, acting Insp. Terry Browne of the homicide unit said officers had to break into the unit and found two boys, aged four and five, without vital signs.

Browne said the children died in hospital and an autopsy is scheduled later this week.

He said at this time, it is not possible to know what caused the children's deaths, but the "scene presentation" suggests that homicide detectives should be investigating.

Browne also said that preliminary information suggests the woman's fall was not accidental, nor was she "assisted in falling over the balcony."

He said her injuries are serious but she is expected to survive at this time, adding she is set to undergo surgery.

Police confirmed the boys are the woman's sons but said they could not provide further information on "the family dynamic" at this time.

The Canadian Press