Brampton dad charged with manslaughter in toddler Victoria O'Dea's death

A Brampton father is now facing charges for manslaughter in connection with the death of his 21-month old daughter. Peel police were called to a home on Pappain Crescent just before midnight on April 20 for reports of a child without vital signs.

Police were called to Brampton home April 20 for a child without vital signs

Victoria O'Dea was found lifeless on April 20 inside the Brampton apartment her father had been renting. (

A Brampton father is now facing a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of his 21-month old daughter. 

Frank Brian O'Dea, 42, who was initially charged with criminal negligence causing death, was arrested Wednesday and charged with failing to provide necessities of life, in addition to the manslaughter charge.

The new charges come in the wake of a provincial forensic report released Monday that found that malnutrition and dehydration were to blame for Victoria O'Dea's death. 

Victoria was pronounced dead at hospital after police responded to a report just after midnight on April 20 of a child without vital signs at a home on Pappain Crescent in Brampton.

Her death prompted an outpouring of public support, with community members launching crowdfunding efforts to pay for the little girl's funeral. 

Sources told CBC News that Frank Brian O'Dea and Victoria's mother were separated at the time of the girl's death. Const. Lori Murphy could not say whether the two shared custody.

Actor and comedian Russell Peters also stepped in, offering to help cover the funeral expenses. 

O'Dea was released on bail eight months ago after the initial charges were laid.

He was supposed to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton Thursday for a bail hearing connected to the new charges.

The 42-year-old will return to court on Monday.

Police are asking anyone who may have new information to contact them at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3205 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).