Body found in Rosedale dumpster was that of young girl who may have died last year

The body of a child found in a dumpster in an upscale Toronto neighborhood was that of a young black girl who may have died as early as last summer, police said in a grim update Thursday. Toronto police said the girl was likely between four and seven years old, of African or mixed ancestry, and was left at a construction site outside a home in Rosedale between April 28 and May 2.

Homicide investigators are now working to identify the little girl, with the missing person unit cross-checking databases of missing children across the country in a bid to determine who she was. “We are investigating this death at its highest level, just like a homicide investigation,” said Insp. Hank Idsinga told reporters. Police were called to the scene in the area of ​​Castle Frank Road and Dale Avenue, north of Bloor Street East at around 4.45 pm on Monday.

This is where they say the girl’s body was found wrapped in a crocheted blanket inside a plastic bag, which was also wrapped in a colorful blanket. Police described the girl as black, three feet six inches tall, with curly hair cut into four short ponytails, two of which were braided and tied with black and blue rubber bands. A post-mortem examination was conducted on Wednesday, but medical examiners have yet to determine the cause of death, police said.

Body found in Rosedale

“A very unusual circumstance”

“It is a very unusual circumstance at this time that the potential time of death could have been even earlier than last summer,” Idsinga said. It is unclear whether the girl was brought to the area in transit, by car, or on foot, Idsinga said. Investigators are still gathering video from the two-week period in which they believe the girl’s body was placed in the dumpster. Idsinga said no cameras were directly facing the dumpster, but police will seek to reconstruct video of the surrounding area.

Police have also confirmed that the house outside which the dumpster was found is unoccupied and under construction. On Thursday afternoon, yellow police tape could be seen strung across the driveway of the house where the dumpster was located. A police car was parked near the home on a residential street. At the end of a stone path next to the driveway of the house, a pot of pink flowers had been placed with a card that read “baby, we pray that heaven has dried your tears”.

Jason Conover, who lives around the corner, said he felt for whoever found the remains. “Finding an abandoned child must have been awful for whoever did it,” he said. Anyone with information or video surveillance of the area, including dashcam video, or who recognizes the covers or description of the girl is urged to contact police immediately by calling 416-808-5300 or leave an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-CONSEILS (8477).

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