Naked child found outside in cold
The boy was found near these bins outside of an Etobicoke townhouse complex. (DAVE ABEL/Toronto Sun)
A three-year-old boy was found outside nearly naked at an Etobicoke townhouse complex on Friday afternoon.
The incident comes just one day after three-year-old Elijah Marsh died in North York after straying from home out into the cold and drew instant comparisons but the child in Etobicoke, whose name has not been released, was checked and will be OK, police said.
Police received a call just after 1:30 p.m. from a residence on Thirteenth Ave. in the Kipling Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. W. area that a child was huddling and crying by garbage bins.
“We had a call from a concerned neighbour,” said Staff Sgt. Mary Price.
The boy was a few doors away from his home.
“As a precautionary measure the boy was taken to St. Joe’s hospital and he will be fine,” Price said. “We are all touched given yesterday’s (Thursday) incident (with Elijah). (Friday) we had a happy ending for the child and that’s all that matters.”
The Children’s Aid Society has been called into the case.
“We had to take all measures,” Price said.
Police were on scene quickly located the child’s 23-year-old, and witnesses say she was taken away in handcuffs.
“The mom has been arrested on allegations of abandonment,” Price said.
Later, an ambulance arrived at Toronto Police 22 Division station, near Bloor St. W. and Kipling Ave., where the mother was being held. A police officer said the woman was taken to a nearby hospital but her condition was not disclosed.
Neighbours near where the little boy lives were troubled that another child could wander into the cold two days in a row.
“It’s strange this could happen again, especially at this time of year,” said Yeophi Smith.
John Pye lives doors away from where the boy was found and says the experience hits too close to home.
“It’s terrifying when a child goes missing,” Pye said. “Last summer, my baby girl at just three-and-a-half, got out (of the house). You have to be careful. It can happen in a blink of an eye.”
Trisha lives in the townhouse unit just below where the little boy lives and didn’t want her last name used.
“I don’t know those people but I’ve never seen that child wandering around alone,” Trisha said. “We had exterminators on the whole block today for cockroaches. I don’t know if they could have had anything to do with it (coming and going).”
—With files from Dave Thomas