Ottawa Police say the suspicious death of a woman in a Mechanicsville apartment in March has now been deemed a homicide.

The woman was found dead in her apartment, alongside a two-year-old boy on March 22.

The boy was alive and was taken into the care of relatives.

Ottawa Police have charged Mohamed Barkhadle, 31, with first-degree murder in the woman's death.

The woman cannot be named due to a publication ban protecting the child's identity.