Baby found with hypothermia outside Ontario home, mother passed out: police

A 31-year-old Belleville woman has been charged after a baby was left alone on a home's porch Tuesday morning. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lars Hagberg

A Belleville, Ont., mother was arrested after police say a baby was found with hypothermia after being left on the front porch of a home.

Police say someone walking past a home on Stavebank Road heard an infant crying around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and found the 14-month-old baby lying on the front step.

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According to Environment Canada the temperature in the area felt like -3 C with the windchill at the time.

The baby was rushed to hospital suffering from hypothermia and remains in stable condition, police said in a release Wednesday.

The baby’s mother, whose name has not been released to protect the identity of the child, was found passed out in the home’s basement, police say.

Investigators haven’t said how long they believe the baby had been left alone outside.

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A 31-year-old Belleville woman has been charged with one count of failing to provide the necessities of life.

She has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 27.

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