Police officer pries open car door to reach toddler locked inside

TORONTO –  A York Region police officer pried open a car door to reach a toddler locked inside the vehicle Thursday

The 2-year-old girl was found inside a parked car by a nearby York police officer in a plaza at Woodbine Avenue and 16th Avenue in Markham at 11:30 a.m.

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The window was left open a crack and the officer used his baton to pry open the car door.  The child was taken to hospital, but police officials tell Global News that the child appears to be uninjured.

The 42-year-old mother was arrested and now faces child abandonment charges.

Temperatures in Markham were expected to reach 25 degrees celsius Thursday. Health Canada recommends never leaving children inside parked vehicles or in direct sunlight. According to the health agency, temperatures inside of the vehicle can rise quickly in warm temperatures.

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The incident comes a day after a 2-year-old boy died after he was left in a parked car for an extended period of time in Milton.

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