On Friday, February 12, 2021 Brantford Police entered into an investigation relating to the death of a young child inside a city residence. Due to the circumstances surrounding the death, members with the Brantford Police Service Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Services were called in to lead the investigation.
Officers worked with the Coroner’s Office and Center of Forensic Sciences to assist in determining the cause of death. As a result of the investigation, police have charged two relatives of the child with Criminal Negligence Causing Death.
Due to a publication ban, police are unable to release further details at this time.
Public Safety in Partnership with our Community
If you think someone is suffering from a drug overdose, call 9-1-1- immediately. If available give the person Naloxone. Naloxone is an emergency medication that temporarily reverses the effects of an overdose from opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, methadone, morphine. You can give naloxone while you wait for emergency services to arrive. Remember naloxone can temporarily reverse an overdose but it can wear off before the person has completely recovered. Always call 9-1-1 and be treated by Emergency Medical Services. If you yourself have taken drugs or have drugs on you, the Good Samaritan Law can protect you.
While the BPS advises against using illicit drugs, people who choose to use them should:
- Never use alone
- Start with a small amount
- Do not mix substances, including alcohol, as it increases risk of overdose
- Call 911 right away if they think someone is overdosing
- Make a plan and know how to respond in case of an overdose
- Use where help is easily available
- Be prepared to give breaths and/or administer Naloxone until help arrives. Have a kit accessible at all times and KNOW how to use it.
Know the signs of an overdose:
- Can’t stay awake
- No strength or energy
- Cold, clammy skin
- Slow heartbeat
- Trouble breathing
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Gurgling or snoring sounds
- Lips and/or fingernails blue or purple
- Non-responsive to shouting
For more information please visit www.FentanylCanKill.ca
If you have information about suspected drug activity please contact the Brantford Police Service at 519- 756-7050. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251
- DO NOT provide personal information (e.g. Social Insurance Number, passport number, banking information or credit card numbers) over the phone unless you placed the call and you know for certain who you are speaking to.
- Accredited businesses and Government Agencies will never ask for payment using gift cards or bitcoin.
- If you suspect it is a scam, it may be - just hang up. Conduct your own research to determine validity.
- Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas.
- Resist the pressure to act quickly, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
- Consider adding your phone number to the Nation Do Not Call List: www.Innte-dncl.gc.ca/index-eng
- Consult with someone you trust before agreeing to provide large sums of money to anyone.
- DO NOT write down passwords and carry them with you.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at approximately 3:00 a.m., members of the Brantford Police Patrol Section responded to an incident after a 17-year-old female victim attended the Brantford General Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.
Additional information will be released once available.
Public Safety in Partnership with our Community
On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, members of the Brantford Police Service, executed a search warrant at a residence on Erie Avenue, where a 40-year-old male was arrested and several computers, electronic devices, and a prohibited weapon were seized.
The arrest and seizure are the result of a month long investigation by members of the Brantford Police ICE Unit (Internet Child Exploitation). The accused had engaged in online conversations that resulted in the investigation into luring a child as well as several child pornography offences.
Police believe that the accused used several social media sites, with the user name of Nickysix16, and that there may be other victims.
As a result of the investigation, Nicholas BALOG, 40, of Brantford is charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
- Luring a child under 14 yrs old
- Making Child Pornography x 5
- Possession of Child Pornography x 2
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
Anyone with information relating to internet sexual crimes against children is urged to call Detective Michael Korda or Detective Balbir Singh of the Brantford Police Service ICE Section at 519-756-0113.
Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251
Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet
On March 29, 2007, alongside the OPP Child Exploitation Section and 26 other municipal police services, the Brantford Police Service joined the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
The online exploitation of children continues to be a challenge for investigators due to its sheer volume, global reach and anonymity; however, these police partners and the Provincial Government are committed to making a difference in our communities.
The Brantford Police Service supports this strategy, and has recognized that images of children and child abuse placed on the internet lead to perpetual victimization.
This project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of the Solicitor General.
Internet Safety Tips
Brantford Police Service is committed to ensuring the safety of our community’s children and taking action against online sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children.
The following information is provided to assist parents and caregivers to understand internet safety.
These simple tips can help the youngest members of your family stay safe online:
- Consider creating an internet contract with your child and have all parties sign it.
- Let your child know that you will be monitoring their online activities.
- Reinforce the fact that not everyone is who they say they are online.
- Discuss how pictures should not be sent or posted online without parental permission.
- Discuss sharing personal information online; never share their password with anyone other than their parents. Review the risks of personal information being misused online.
- Use only child-safe search engines such as: www.askkids.com www.kidsyahoo.com or www.kidsclick.org
- Encourage your child to trust in their instincts and stop, block, and tell if they are uncomfortable.
- Talk to your child about the consequences of being involved in any incidents that include cyberbullying, sexting, etc.
- Make sure your child understands that they can talk to you about anything on the internet.
As a parent, what can you do?
- Place your child’s computer in a common area. Set expectations for your child’s online and cell phone activities.
- Monitor your child’s activities online. Ask your child to show you what they are doing online, and be aware of whom they are talking to.
- Retrieve your child’s login information, e-mail addresses and password.
- If your child joins any social networking or gaming sites, help them create their online profile. Remember to only fill in information that is necessary and leave out any revealing information.
- Monitor ALL webcam use, and any posting or exchanging of pictures online.
- Do not allow your child to communicate in chat rooms.
- Use filtering software on computers.
- Communicate openly with your child. Encourage them to report any situation or information that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Be aware of signs that your child may be in trouble:
- They quickly turn the computer or phone off when you walk into the room.
- Your child seems worried, withdrawn or depressed.
- Your child contacts, or is contacted by a person you do not know.
- If your child is being harassed or threatened, save the evidence and contact the police.
Additional Online Safety Resources
- Safe Kids Canada www.safekidscanada.com
- Cyber Tip www.cybertip.com
- Be Web Aware www.bewebaware.ca
- Kids in the Know www.kidsintheknow.ca
- Canadian Centre of Child Protection www.protectchildren.ca
Public Safety in Partnership with our Community
As a result of the investigation, a 22-year-old-male from Brantford has been arrested and stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
- Weapons trafficking
- Possession of firearm for purpose of trafficking
- Fail to comply with release order –Police issued release
- Careless use or storage of a firearm, weapon, ammunition
Anyone with information pertaining to firearm or drug-related activities is asked to contact the Street Crime Unit of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2286.
Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=251
- 34.1 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (blue) - which has an estimated street value of $8,525
- 9.37 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (green) - which has an estimated street value of $2,342
- 6.94 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (yellow) - which has an estimated street value of $1,735
- 4.08 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl (purple/yellow) - which has an estimated street value of $1,020
- 4.26 grams (approx.) of suspected Methamphetamine - which has an estimated street value of $639
- 67 pills (approx.) of suspected Hydromorphone - which has an estimated street value of $1,005
- 19.4 grams (approx.) of suspected Hashish - which has an estimated street value of $388
- 78 grams (approx.) of suspected dried Cannabis flower - which has an estimated street value of $780
- Various product infused with (suspected) Tetrahydrocannabinol with an unknown street value
- Drug paraphernalia commonly used by drug traffickers (scale, phone, dime bags)
- Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking – contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act x 3
- Possession of Stolen Goods Under $5000 – contrary to the Criminal Code
- Failure to Comply with Undertaking – contrary to the Criminal Code
- Possession for the Purpose of Distribution – contrary to the Cannabis Act
- Possession of over 30g Dried Cannabis – contrary to the Cannabis Act
Location: Stanley Street
On Thursday, January 27, 2021 at approximately 5:40 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received to report a motor vehicle collision had occurred on Stanley Street at Colborne Street. A transport truck was observed colliding with a hydro pole and immediately fled the area, travelling eastbound on Colborne Street.
Officers with the Brantford Police Service attended the scene. Members from the Brantford Fire Department and Brantford Hydro were on scene to assist, as the collision knocked the hydro pole into the roadway. A low-voltage wire fell onto the roadway and onto a motor vehicle which had been stopped. This vehicle had a single occupant who was assisted from her vehicle by Brantford Fire. Brantford Hydro quickly secured the wire. No injuries were sustained.
The transport truck is described as red in colour, towing a white trailer with a globe type symbol on the front third of the trailer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113.
Type: Uttering Threats
Location: Erie Avenue
As a result of this investigation, a 31-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with Uttering Threats- Contrary to the Criminal Code.
Type: Theft from Motor Vehicle
Location: Bruce Street and Rawdon Street
As a result of the investigation, a 41-year-old male from Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
- Theft Under $5,000 from a Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
- Possession of Break In Instruments
Type: Impaired Driving
Location: Murray Street / Grey Street
Type: Impaired Driving- Alcohol
Location: Melrose Street
The motor vehicle was observed by witnesses travelling first on Dalhousie Street, then from West Street to Dundas Street and lastly to a parking lot on Melrose Street.
Officers located and observed the motor vehicle enter the lot on Melrose Street. The accused exited the driver seat and was met by officers. The motor vehicle had sustained significant damage. While speaking with the driver, obvious signs of impairment were observed.
The accused was arrested for Operation While Impaired and transported to provide samples of his breath as required by law. Both samples provided were double the legal limit.
As a result of the investigation, a 78 year-old male from Brantford was also charged with 80 Plus contrary to the Criminal Code. The driver’s licence of the accused was suspended and the vehicle impounded.
Type: Impaired Driving - Drugs
Location: Park Avenue and Colborne Street
- Possession of a Controlled Substance contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act x 2
- Driving While Under Suspension contrary to the Highway Traffic Act