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Caregiver charged after child found in car dies in hospital

Last Updated Sep 12, 2018 at 11:20 am EDT

A 50-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly leaving a young child alone in a hot car for several hours on Thursday.

The child, a three-year-old boy, was found in a car in Etobicoke on Thursday afternoon. He was taken to a Trillium Health Partners hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.

Zeljna Kosovac appeared in court on Friday and was charged with criminal negligence causing death. She was released on $5,000 bail.

Police tell CityNews that Kosovac, a mother of two, was supposed to pick the child up and drop him off at a nearby daycare before picking him up at the end of the day.

It’s not yet clear why the boy was left alone in the car.

A neighbour described Kosovac, who was emotionless in court on Friday, as a caring mother.

The boy was discovered in a car behind an apartment building on Mill Road, near Burnhamthorpe, at around 1 p.m.

The vehicle’s windows were smashed and a child car seat was sitting on the sidewalk.

Police say Kosovac lived at the apartment complex where the car was parked. Mourning residents have set up a small vigil in the parking lot.