A Clarington man accused of sexually abusing a baby girl tried to kill himself during his arrest, Durham police say.
The man was babysitting the child who’s less than a year old on Monday night, and around 9 p.m. the parents noticed suspicious injuries and immediately called police.
The infant was transferred to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, where she remains with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
On Tuesday, police tracked the accused to Whitby. During the investigation, an officer saw the suspect walking along Thickson Road North and approached the accused who produced a knife and slashed himself several times.
His injuries required immediate medical attention, police said. He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.
The 27-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been disclosed, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and remained in custody for a bail hearing.
Police are investigating.