Homicide investigators called in after toddler dies of blunt force trauma in Toronto's west end

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Toronto police say a two-year-old girl's death is now being treated as a homicide.

The girl died in a west-end hospital on Friday, March 19 after she was taken there in severe medical distress.

A post-mortem revealed the toddler died from blunt force trauma, police said Wednesday in a news release that offered few additional details about the incident.

The girl's identity has not been released.

Const. David Hopkinson said the situation is "terrible" but could not release further details citing the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation.

Officers will be speaking with people in the community to try to piece together, he said. Hopkinson would not say who brought the child to the hospital or who may have been looking after the girl when she was hurt, though it's clear it was not an accident.

"This is a homicide," Hopkinson said.

Investigators with 31 Division, in the city's northwest, and members of the Child and Youth Advocacy Centre were initially on the case.

Homicide detectives have now taken over the investigation.

No charges have been laid at this time.