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Toronto teen charged with manslaughter in connection with death of 4-year old

4-year old Terrel Vidal was found without vital signs on August 28th, 2013

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A Toronto teenager has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a four-year-old boy in Bowmanville last summer.

Durham regional police say the 16-year-old was arrested Thursday without incident but cannot be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Terrel Vidal was found without vital signs on Aug. 28, at a home in the community east of Oshawa and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police had said at the time of his death, the boy was being cared for at the home of a family friend.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be blunt force trauma and police say an investigation determined the boy's death was not caused by an accident, slip or fall.

Last month a 35-year-old Toronto woman was charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection with the case.

Police say no further arrests are anticipated in the investigation.

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  1. john posted on 04/04/2014 10:32 AM
    if guilty hang her and move on .
    1. Frankie posted on 04/04/2014 10:44 PM
      @john Be sure to hang yourself along with her.
  2. Adriane Taylor posted on 04/04/2014 12:00 PM
    My grandson will be four in August....I cannot wrap my head around why anyone would harm a child...I'm heartbroken and angry...there is too much cruelty in the world.
    1. john posted on 04/04/2014 10:33 PM
      @Adriane Taylor Hey grandma, I guess you never read Friedrich Nietzsche - "Man is the cruelest animal". Cruelty, my dear, is the norm among humanity. In fact, I'm currently disembowelling a litter of stray kittens even as we speak!
    2. Adriane Taylor posted on 04/04/2014 10:40 PM
      @john Hey Sexually Confused John, I guess you never read Seneca - "All cruelty springs from Weakness", and I guess you never bothered to read Bertrand Russell either - "Fear is the main source of Cruelty, and to conquer Fear is to conquer Cruelty as well". And John....stop putting on your sister's training bra. Eventually your parents will call the police on you. Consider this your final warning on the perils of cross-dressing.
  3. john posted on 04/04/2014 12:36 PM
    it services as a wake the hell up call . life is not so honky dory anymore . i called it a realty check .
    1. Frankie posted on 04/04/2014 10:47 PM
      @john Yes, yes, a 'reality check'. That' s what 'we' your friends and family have been begging you to try for years and years. John, you are long overdue for one.
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