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Two boys killed in Brampton may have been suffocated, reports say

Last Updated Nov 8, 2019 at 10:45 am PST

The two boys were found dead at a home on Hiberton Crescent near Sandalwood Parkway in Brampton on Nov. 6, 2019. The photo is from Nov. 7. (Source: Bert Dandy/CityNews Toronto)

Sources say the boys' mother found them, and they may have been suffocated

The boys' father, 52-year-old Edwin Bastidas, has been charged with first-degree murder

BRAMPTON, ON (680 NEWS) –¬†Crisis counsellors will be at the school of two boys found killed in their home in Brampton, Ontario, on Friday.

Sources tell the Toronto Sun that their mother, Sylvana Ruggiero, found the nine-year-old and 12-year-old on Wednesday night and called 911.

They say she is devastated and doesn’t know why this happened. An autopsy will confirm the cause of death, but sources tell the Sun that it’s believed the boys were suffocated.

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The boys’ father, 52-year-old Edwin Bastidas, has been charged with first-degree murder, because police believe there was premeditation or intent. He has no criminal record and police say they have never been called to the home before.

The victims, who neighbours say were named Jonathan and Nicholas, were dead when officers arrived at the home. Police said that initially there were no obvious signs of trauma but upon further investigation the deaths were deemed suspicious.

Neighbours say the boys lived with their parents and another family member, believed to be an aunt, lived in the basement.