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Mom charged after baby rescued from hot car in Richmond Hill

Last Updated Jul 22, 2019 at 3:02 pm EST

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file photo. CITYNEWS

A 37-year-old Newmarket woman is facing several charges after police say she left her infant son alone in a hot car in Richmond Hill on Sunday.

At around 8 p.m. York regional police attended a parking lot of a pharmacy at 9275 Bayview Ave. after receiving calls about a baby screaming in a parked car.

Const. Andy Pattenden tells 680 NEWS the temperature at the time was 29 C.

“When our officers got there, firefighters with Richmond Hill fire and emergency services had already removed that one-year-old infant from the parked vehicle, assessing his medical condition,” he said. “That infant did appear to be in distress, sweating, and was taken to hospital as precaution.”

At hospital, the Children’s Aid Society released the baby over to family members.

The boy’s mother was found inside the pharmacy and was placed under arrest.

During their investigation, police determined that a warrant was out for the woman and police say they found her in possession of stolen property during a subsequent search.

The woman, who can’t be named to protect the identity of the child, is facing charges of abandoning child, theft under $5000, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Police are reminding the public to immediately call 911 if they see a child or pet in distress in a hot car.