May 14, 2019 7:46 am
Updated: May 14, 2019 7:51 pm

Newborn abandoned at Georgina fire station, York Regional Police say

WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, investigators are not looking at pursuing criminal charges but they are concerned about the mother's well being.


York Regional Police say a baby has been taken to hospital after he was found just outside of a Georgina fire hall early Tuesday.

Police said the newborn boy swaddled in a scarf was found at the staff entrance at the rear of Georgina Fire Station 1-6, located in Sutton, Ont. just after 3 a.m.

Georgina Fire said crews had been out at another call and when they returned a crew member heard an infant crying. The baby was transported to hospital as a precaution to be assessed.

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Officers said the newborn appears to have been born “very recently.” They believe as early as two days old.

It is unknown how long the baby was outside the fire hall.

Police said the baby is in good health and Children’s Aid Society is involved. They are now looking for the mother and are concerned for her health and safety.

It is unknown if any charges will be laid in this case.

“Whoever left the baby there did so in a place of safety,” said Const. Andy Pattenden with York Regional Police. “They took it to a fire station… clearly they wanted to remain anonymous.”

“We wouldn’t want to discourage anyone who is struggling or going through a hard time from doing just that. If you can’t handle your baby take it to somewhere where someone can help you. That appears to be what happened in this particular case.”

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