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Homicide unit probes case of missing baby

The homicide unit has taken over the case of a 31-year-old Woodbridge man who allegedly fled with his nine-week-old son before the Children’s Aid Society could take him.

After repeatedly trying the home the man shared with his common-law wife, the CAS learned the family had moved into a hotel.

The agency’s workers found one of the couple’s two kids when they went to the hotel on Nov. 24, and took the child into their care.

Officers accompanying the workers arrested the mother for unrelated charges, but the father, Ricky (Ray) Doodhnaught, escaped.

The couple’s second child George — who was in the care of a doctor as recently as Oct. 31 — is now missing.

The premature baby was thought to be either in Doodhnaught’s care or with a relative, but in the last few days Doodhnaught has been seen without him. And officers learned Doodhnaught’s family had not been caring for George.

At a news conference in Aurora Friday, Det. Sgt. Larry Wilson explained while the homicide unit is probing the case, he doesn’t have any evidence the baby has been killed.

“We have no indication that a homicide has occurred here,” Wilson said. “Due to the time period of no one seeing this child and due to the age of the child and [it’s] unknown who is caring for this child, it’s caused us great concern.

“[The homicide unit] also investigates missing persons where there is a strong suspicion of foul play.”

Doodhnaught is brown-skinned; five-foot-10; 240 pounds; with short, black hair and brown eyes. Police believe he was driving a silver, 2002 Dodge Caravan with Ontario licence plate BMJZ199 or BFJT783.

He has been known to spend time in the Albion Centre area in the west-end of Toronto.

There are outstanding warrants for his arrest on unrelated offences.