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Police tape marks a crime scene in this file photo.

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Toronto police say human remains of a young child have been recovered in a park in the city's north end.

City employees who were working in the park called the police shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

Police say the lower half of a young infant was found in Heathrow Park (near Jane Street and Wilson Avenue).

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Constable Victor Kwong said the age was unconfirmed.

"We are waiting on the forensic pathologist's direction as to whether foul play is suspected," he said. "It's not a homicide at this point."

"I'm going to say it's under a month old, based on the size," said detective Nick Nei of 31 Division. He said the remains, found among debris in a sewer drain, would be transported to a forensic centre for an autopsy.

In the afternoon, children were walking home from Tumpane Public School near a wooded area that police and forensic investigators had sectioned off in the park.

"I don't trust anybody to look after my child after I hear these things. It's five minutes from home," said Kim Tang, who moved into the neighbourhood a year ago.

"It is a safe area," said Shanti Henderson, who lives on Jane Street near the scene of the crime. She walks by the wooded area everyday to drop off her 8-year-old daughter. "It all depends on what happened. If there was a kidnapping I would be more scared."

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