Ottawa Police investigates as infant left inside a hot car

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section completed its investigation into an incident involving a child left unattended in a vehicle on Saturday, July 16, 2011. Ottawa Police will not be laying criminal charges in this matter. The Crown Attorney’s Office was consulted.

The incident happened as a result of a miscommunication between the parents when they left their children with a caregiver. Three children were placed in her care, however, unknowingly; the infant remained in the van in a rear facing child seat. His presence was undetected by the parents and they left the vehicle and went into a store.

Ottawa Police Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section investigators determined that the facts in this case do not meet the standard required to lay a criminal charge, as the parents did not knowingly and intentionally leave the infant in the car.

“All incidents reported to Ottawa Police involving children are taken very seriously and investigated fully,” said Staff Sergeant Gina Rosa, Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section.

The Children’s Aid Society attended the scene and was satisfied that there were no grounds to remove the infant from his parents. CAS will be monitoring the family over the following weeks.

“The incident that occurred last Saturday was very serious, but fortunately, due to the quick actions of a passerby and responding emergency services, the child was removed from the vehicle and quickly stabilized,” added Superintendent Tyrus Cameron, Criminal Investigations Directorate. “As a result, the child was unharmed.”

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