A Toronto man who allegedly poisoned 3-year-old Bernice Nantanda Wamala had his charged upgraded to first degree murder

The Toronto 2021 Homicide Victim List is available here

On March 7th, 3-year-old Bernice was with a friend at a Scarborough apartment unit in the same building where she lived with her mom, when she became violently ill at a sleepover and died while in hospital.

It is alleged that 45-year old Francis Ngugi accessed a controlled substance from his place of employment, and placed into a children’s breakfast cereal. Bernice and her friend consumed the breakfast cereal, during a sleep over and became very ill. Both children required hospitalization. Bernice died in hospital from the poisoning while the other child recovered after a lengthy hospital stay.

Francis Ngugi, 45, was arrested on June 19th and originally charged with:

1. two counts of Administer Noxious Substance to Endanger Life
2. two counts of Unlawfully Cause Bodily Harm
3. Criminal Negligence Causing Death

Homicide investigators took carriage of the investigation, on Wednesday, June 30th and upgraded the charges against Francis Ngugi, 45, to:

1. First Degree Murder
2. Attempt Murder

He is scheduled to appear in court, virtually at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Friday, July 30, 2021, at 9 a.m., in room 407.