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Police say a five-month-old baby was among three people found dead in a Richmond Hill home earlier this month. Investigators believe it was a case of domestic violence.

In a press release Thursday, York police said the child was discovered in the home on MacKay Drive along with a 41-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman.

Police said the families of the dead had asked that their names not be made public.

“The autopsies have been completed, but investigators will not disclose the cause of death at this time,” the press release continues.

As police previously announced, officers were sent to the house at around 4:15 p.m. on February 1 to conduct a health check. There they found the three bodies.

Several neighbours told CBC Toronto at the time that a family of three, including a baby, lived in the basement of the house, while another family lived on the ground floor.

Investigators are urging anyone with potentially valuable information about the case to contact York Police.

Local nurse says domestic violence is increasing

Trevi Brown, registered nurse and director of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Care Centre of York Region, says the centre has seen a recent increase in domestic violence cases. The centre has treated 329 domestic violence-related patients so far this year, compared to 280 during the same period last year, she says.

Brown says isolation due to the pandemic and economic stresses may have contributed to this increase, and encourages victims in the region to take advantage of her centre’s resources. She says people facing domestic violence in York Region can go directly to the emergency department at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital or Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital.

“We provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she said. “You can see a nurse in the emergency room who will call our domestic (abuse) sexual violence team and get treatment very quickly.”