Canada Baby initially thought to be abandoned at plaza recovering 'rapidly,' police say

23:37  18 january  2018
23:37  18 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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A baby initially believed to have been abandoned outside a commercial complex earlier this week has " rapidly " recovered from the ordeal, police said Thursday.

A baby initially believed to have been abandoned outside a commercial complex earlier this week has “ rapidly ” recovered from the ordeal, police said Thursday.

a man standing in front of a building: A police officer stands at the entrance to a covered outdoor walkway where a newborn baby boy was found Tuesday morning.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation A police officer stands at the entrance to a covered outdoor walkway where a newborn baby boy was found Tuesday morning.

A baby initially believed to have been abandoned outside a commercial complex earlier this week has "rapidly" recovered from the ordeal, police said Thursday.

The baby was rushed to hospital in stable condition late Tuesday morning, but the infant's condition deteriorated to critical, Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson told CBC Toronto.

Police initially believed that the baby had been born prematurely, Hopkinson said. That turned out not to be the case, he said, and the child's condition has greatly improved.

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"The baby has rapidly made a recovery and is strong and healthy," Hopkinson said, noting that the infant is still being monitored by doctors.

The baby's mother, who also needed medical attention on Tuesday, is also doing well, he said.

While the entire incident is still under investigation, Hopkinson said, police are not expecting to lay charges. As such, he would not release further details about what happened Tuesday morning, when police were called to a plaza at Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue around 11 a.m. for a newborn found at the rear of the complex.

Police initially believed that the person who called 911 had found the baby a half hour before calling and taken the infant to a place of safety. When police found the baby it was in medical distress, Hopkinson said, so paramedics rushed the infant to hospital. The mother was found after a "short search," he said.

Hopkinson would not divulge more details citing privacy concerns, including whether police still believe the newborn was abandoned.

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There was only one file Det.-Const. Dave Woodhouse tucked away the day he retired from the Toronto police force. Only one case he couldn’t shake. It was the case of an abandoned baby girl with a shock of black hair, found in a cigarette carton under a tree, the odds of survival stacked against her. Twelve years later, Woodhouse still has her file. He holds onto it because the case inside — of a baby he named Rachael Grace — forever changed the trajectory of his life. So when it emerged this month that police were investigating reports of an infant abandoned in a Toronto parking lot, Woodhouse was transfixed. The report ultimately turned out to be false and police sources said the baby was never abandoned — but it was enough to send memories flooding back to the now-retired detective constable. The story began on a cool, spring morning: Saturday, May 21, 2005. Woodhouse was at his desk at 42 Division in Toronto, chipping away at a report. He was edging close to 50 years old, nearing the end of his policing career. One of the newer cops, “a rookie” as Woodhouse described her, came to the office with startling news. “We’ve found a newborn baby,” Woodhouse remembers her saying. “Abandoned at the Chinese Alliance Church in Scarborough.” “Well … alive or dead?” Woodhouse asked. The baby, a girl of Asian descent, was very much alive. She’d been taken to Scarborough Grace Hospital in healthy condition.

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