A baby boy was airlifted to a Toronto hospital after being found in a backyard pond in Mississauga Thursday.
Peel Regional Police say the 10-month-old was without vital signs when he was removed from the pond just after 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
"Our fingers are crossed that he’s going to pull through," said Const. Fiona Thivierge. She said the boy's parents are "in a terrible state of mind and praying to God that their child pulls through."
The child remained in critical condition on Thursday evening.
Police are investigating how the child got into the pond, which they described as a small decorative garden pond, the type that often contains fish.
Thivierge said the incident illustrates the care parents must take to keep small children away from water.
"[Children] can move quickly and it doesn't take much for a child to drown," she said. "If you have a small pond like this one in the backyard, take the time to put a small fence up."