A woman has been charged with child abandonment and failing to provide the necessaries of life after a three-month-old baby was found in a bush early Tuesday morning. Calgary police are not releasing the woman’s name to protect the baby’s identity, but believe she is the child’s mother.
Paramedics rushed the baby to hospital after he was discovered outside in sub-zero temperatures in the community of Capitol Hill.
Police said when they arrived, she didn’t have the baby with her anymore. After a 10-minute search, they found the baby boy conscious in some bushes in the area.
“The woman also mentioned another child in her interactions with the officers, leading them to believe there may be another child abandoned nearby,” police said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “Police immediately conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area, however, later confirmed that the woman only has one child.”
Stuart Brideaux with EMS said the baby was transported to hospital in serious condition with concerns about hypothermia. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.
According to Brideaux, paramedics were very concerned for the boy who was dressed in very thin clothing. The temperature at the time was about -15 C.
“Even an appropriately dressed infant or child would be in serious jeopardy in this case. Even worse, the infant was in very thin layers of clothing and not at all appropriately dressed for the overnight temperatures that we saw.”
Brideaux said it’s not clear how long the baby had been outside.
Child and Family Services are investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppersanonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
With files from Global’s Erika Tucker, News Talk 770’s Brenda Neufeld and The Canadian Press
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