TORONTO (CNN) — A Toronto family is facing criminal charges in connection with a deadly case of illicit drug use last year, police said Thursday.
Toronto Police said they had charged two brothers with second-degree murder and possession of the proceeds of crime. A third brother, Darrell Daniels, 59, was charged with possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking, while two female children were charged with trafficking a controlled substance.
Diane Doyle’s 21-month-old son Liam Daniels died from ingesting drugs in July 2018, police said. Liam was the fifth child to die from ingesting illicit drugs in Toronto in the past two years.
The charges come amid a growing problem in Canada of children dying from ingesting illicit drugs, leading police in the country to warn parents of the danger. In 2016, Ottawa police said 14 children had died from ingesting opioids in the capital city.
Police said the investigation into Liam’s death was led by the Human Trafficking and Drugs Enforcement Unit and led to the discovery of a residential drug house that may have been used to supply illicit drugs to children in the area.
Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said the investigation continues. “Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and we will continue to target street-level drug traffickers who threaten our communities with harm,” Pugash said in a statement.