Judge arrested after two of his daughters die of overdoses

A former judge who won his seat on the Toronto City Council with the help of Toronto’s LGBTQ community as well as his gay partner has been arrested after the second of his two daughters died in Toronto.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Reed, 68, and attorney Edward Ross, 58, were charged with second-degree murder in the August 3 death of one of their daughters, 11-year-old Owen, the Toronto Sun reported.

Reed and Ross were held in custody after appearing in court Friday for a bail hearing. They were expected to appear in court again on Aug. 30, the paper reported.

Related Image Expand / Contract Former Toronto judge Robert Reed (Tony Gentile/Associated Press)

They were alleged to have given the 11-year-old girl two types of lethal drug concoctions on Aug. 1. They also were accused of making a juvenile overdose not seen before in Ontario.

“This is the first time it’s ever happened in this province,” Assistant Chief Coroner Norman Greenspan told the Sun. “I’m trying to figure out how to say more, you know, because it is a homicide. This wasn’t a tragic accident, but a homicide.”

Greenspan said the police investigation is “very thorough,” according to the Toronto Sun.

Owen Reed’s 18-year-old sister died July 8.

Greenspan said both children are believed to have ingested illicit drugs.

Reed was the youngest person elected to the Toronto city council in 2010 when he won his seat in Ward 5 — the same ward where he is alleged to have disposed of items taken from his home following the eldest daughter’s death, according to the Toronto Sun.

Reed took on the role of interim chair of the criminal law committee, leaving his spot on the council for the pay for the role, according to the Toronto Sun.

His former colleague City Councilor Josh Matlow is one of Reed’s strongest supporters.

“These allegations are very upsetting, and this family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers,” Matlow said in a statement to the Toronto Sun.

A city hall source told the paper that Reed recently left his position as head of the Standing Courts and Appeal committee after a big meeting in the spring on appealing Zuccotti Park arrests.

Several media outlets are reporting that a sit-in was staged at city hall on Friday by Reed supporters, who accused the police of racial profiling and wearing “The Truth Teller” T-shirts that were branded with a Nazi swastika.

A sign held by the supporters read “No justice, no peace.”

Greenspan said that similar camps may have occurred at his office. He said his office is “never comfortable.”

“We want everybody to come out and say that they support police services,” Greenspan said, according to the Toronto Sun. “Our job is to treat everybody that comes here.”

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