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Man Arrested in Poisoning Investigation,
Francis Ngugi, 45,
Now Homicide #32/2021

Broadcast time: 16:00
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Unit: 41 Division
Phone: 416-808-7400
Case #: 2021-424868

The Toronto Police Service would like to provide the public with an update on a poisoning investigation.

On Sunday, March 7, 2021, police and the Ontario Coroner’s Office started an investigation into the death of a three-year-old child.

It is alleged that:

- a man accessed a controlled substance from his place of employment

- the controlled substance was placed into a children’s breakfast cereal

- two children ate the breakfast cereal during a sleepover

- both children required hospitalization

- one of the children died in hospital

- the other child recovered after a lengthy hospital stay

See previous release.

Homicide investigators have taken over this investigation and, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, Francis Ngugi, 45, of Toronto, had his charges upgraded to:

1. First Degree Murder
2. Attempt Murder

He is scheduled to appear in court, virtually at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 9 a.m., in room 407.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Rob Choe, Homicide