Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Woman Facing Three Charges after Baby Found Alone in Burning Apartment

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Woman Facing Three Charges after Baby Found Alone in Burning Apartment

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Woman charged after Quebec baby found alone

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MONTREAL - A woman who allegedly left a baby alone in a Montreal apartment that caught fire pleaded not guilty Friday to three criminal charges.

Josee Milot, 49, appeared in court by video conference and was charged with unlawfully abandoning a child, criminal negligence causing a fire, and with failing to provide the necessities of life to a child.

Police believe she started cooking something on the stove and then left the apartment when she was meant to be acting as the baby's temporary guardian.

Officers are being credited with saving the baby's life as they happened to be nearby and responded quickly to the fire early Thursday morning.

Police say officers crawled on the ground through dense smoke to reach the apartment where they found the infant alone. …

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