New details have emerged in the investigation into a Toronto police officer accused of doing nothing to prevent the suicide of a teen back in February.
The SIU has charged Const. Kyle Upjohn with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life after the teen died by suicide after hanging himself from a tree in High Park.
CityNews spoke with the man who called 911 on the day of the incident and he painted a disturbing picture of a police officer ignoring pleas for help.
The man’s wife was walking along one of the remote trails in the park when she came across a young man looping a rope through the branch of a tree. Fearing the worst, she ran up the path to a nearby greenhouse, where she asked staff there for help. After a few minutes of inactivity, she called her husband at their nearby home and asked him to come to the park and help.
When the man arrived at the park, he spotted a police officer and says he twice begged the officer to help. He claims the officer told him he couldn’t help, that he was busy on another call, and to call 911. The man says he raced to the tree, where he used a knife to cut the boy down from the tree. He says he desperately tried CPR but he was too late.
CityNews has also learned some details of the Crown’s case against Upjohn. The allegation is “that the officer did by criminal negligence, by omitting to fulfill the duties required of him as a police officer, caused the death (of the teen).” As well, “that the officer did fail without lawful excuse, to provide the necessaries of life and did thereby endanger the life of the young man or cause, or likely cause the health of the teen to be injured permanently.”
CityNews has learned the officer is 22-years-old and has been with the Toronto Police Service for two years. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case.