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Police tape marks a crime scene in this file photo. (JOHN LEHMANN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Police tape marks a crime scene in this file photo. (JOHN LEHMANN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Human remains found in North York park Add to ...

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).

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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