Prospective adoptive parents charged with murder of boy in Burlington, Ont.

TORONTO — The prospective adoptive parents of a 12-year-old boy who was found dead in a Burlington, Ont., home more than a year ago are now facing first-degree murder charges.

Halton Regional Police say emergency crews responded to a residence in Burlington on Dec. 21, 2022 and found the boy without vital signs – he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say the child’s prospective adoptive parents were arrested on Thursday after a lengthy investigation.

A 44-year-old from Burlington and 42-year-old from Hamilton have been charged with first-degree murder and failure to provide the necessaries of life.

Police say the accused were also the prospective adoptive parents to a younger sibling of the child who died, and that younger child was also living in the home in December 2022.

Investigators say the two accused were charged in January 2023 with assault, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, failure to provide the necessaries of life, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm in relation to the younger sibling.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2024.

The Canadian Press