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Doodhnaught baby's mother charged

The mother of baby George Doodhnaught has been charged in connection to the child’s death, and the father faces additional charges, York Regional police say.

Nadia Ayyad, 23, of Woodbridge was arrested Wednesday and faces one count each of indignity to a dead body, failing to provide the necessities of life and obstructing police.

She was also charged with abduction in contravention of a custody order relating to the baby’s 11-month-old brother who is in the care of children’s services.

Police and Children’s Aid Society (CAS) workers went to the couple’s Vaughan home on Nov. 24 to apprehend two children under a court order. But the parents fled to a hotel where the mother was arrested and the older child was taken into CAS custody. The father, Ricky Doodhnaught, 31, also of Woodbridge, fled and was thought to have taken the baby with him.

He was arrested on Dec. 6, and three days later gave police a statement saying the baby had died on or about Nov. 1. He would have been four weeks old at the time.

At a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Det. Sgt. John Braybrook said the father will be charged with indignity to a dead body and failure to provide the necessities of life at his next court appearance on Dec. 30.
    
Ricky Doodhnaught, 31, was previously charged with abduction in contravention of a custody order and two unrelated charges of theft under $5,000.

The baby’s remains still have not been found, and Braybrook declined to say how the charges came about.

He urged the couple’s friends and relatives to come forward and help police locate his remains.

“Once again, we’re appealing to friends, family and acquaintances of Ricky and Nadia,” he said.

Ayyad is expected to make a court appearance Thursday morning in Newmarket.