Toronto police source confirms that a baby reportedly found at a north-end shopping centre Tuesday morning was in fact born at a nearby home and not abandoned outdoors.
Toronto police say they have located the mother of a newborn baby reportedly found abandoned outdoors on today morning.
Const. David Hopkinson said, “We have found her, and she is now getting medical care.I don’t believe her injuries to be life-threatening.”
Keele St + Lawrence Av
-The baby's condition has now been downgraded to 'critical'
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The police received reports on Tuesday morning that a baby boy had been found in a commercial plaza at the intersection of Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue, in the city’s northwest.
Hopkinson said, “We know that the baby had been found a half-hour before the call had been made.When officers rushed to the scene, they found the baby’s health was in jeopardy.”
Details of where and when the baby was born shifted throughout the day. On Tuesday evening, Const. Gary Long confirmed the baby was born premature.
Police had said earlier Tuesday it appeared likely that the baby was born in a covered outdoor walkway in the shopping plaza less than an hour before being discovered by a passerby. They later said the baby could be up to a few days old.
The baby was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The baby’s condition has since worsened, and is now considered critical.
Police spokesperson said the mother hasn’t been charged as of Tuesday afternoon, but added charges could be laid at a later time.