Toronto Homicide #1 – Police charge Michael Rawlins in relation to the death of his 70-year-old mother, Joy Barnwell in North York

Toronto police responded to a medical call for service in the Finch Avenue East and Seneca Hill Drive area on January 18th at approximately 8:15pm.

On arrival first responders located a 70-year-old woman in medical distress suffering from serious injuries. Despite life-saving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her identity and cause of death have not been released.

A man was arrested at the scene and police said the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Update January 20th
The victim has been identified as Joy Barnwell, 70, of Toronto.

Photo: Joy Barnwell Facebook

Michael Rawlins, 27, of Toronto has been arrested and charged with:

  1. Second Degree Murder

*According to ‘Immigrant Women In Business’ Communication Group Michael Rawlins is the son of Joy Barnwell.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).