A woman was arrested after police say they rescued her “screaming” one-year-old baby boy from a hot car in Richmond Hill over the weekend.
According to York Regional Police, on Sunday, July 21, around 8 pm, officers were called to the parking lot of a pharmacy located at 9275 Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill after receiving reports of an unattended screaming baby boy inside a parked vehicle.
When officers arrived, firefighters with Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services had removed the one-year-old infant from the parked vehicle and were assessing his medical condition.
Police said the outside temperature was 29ºC at the time.
“The infant appeared to be in distress and sweating and was transported to hospital as a precaution,” investigators said. “The Children’s Aid Society has been engaged and the infant was turned over to family members at the hospital.”
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Authorities were able to locate the baby’s mother inside the pharmacy where she was placed under arrest.
Prior to her arrest, police located stolen property and that she was wanted on a warrant.
As a result, a 37-year-old woman from Newmarket has been charged with abandoning child, theft under $5,000, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Her name is being withheld in order to protect the identity of the child.
Police are reminding the public to never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles on hot or cold days.
“In the summer, the interior of vehicles heat up quickly and will reach temperatures exceeding the outside air,” said law enforcement in a statement.
“Children and pets can quickly become overheated and dehydrated resulting in serious injury or death.”
“If you see a child left unattended or a pet in a hot car and they appear to be in distress, call 911.”
This is the third mother to be charged for leaving a baby unattended in a vehicle in Ontario this month.