Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Charges against Toronto Dad Whose Baby Was Subject of Amber Alert: Police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

No Charges against Toronto Dad Whose Baby Was Subject of Amber Alert: Police

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No charges against dad who left baby in car

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TORONTO - Police say they will not lay charges against a Toronto father who left his three-month-old baby in a car with the engine running only to have the vehicle stolen, triggering an amber alert.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says the man was standing "a few feet away" from the vehicle when the suspect jumped in and drove off Sunday afternoon.

She says investigators have determined the father had not been negligent towards the child, who was found safe hours later.

Douglas-Cook says it is not automatically a criminal offence to leave a child in a vehicle, and police must look at the circumstances of each case.

In Quebec, meanwhile, children seven or under cannot be left alone in a vehicle.

Toronto police are crediting a watchful member of the public for averting tragedy in Sunday's case. …

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