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Toddler dumped in North End recycling bin on New Year's Day

01/02/2015 11:13 EST | Updated 03/04/2015 05:59 EST
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with a number of offences after allegedly dumping a 19-month-old girl in a recycling bin outside a Winnipeg house on New Year's Day.

According to Winnipeg police, the teenager was socializing at a nearby home, in the 500 block of Pritchard Avenue, when an altercation broke out, and another person at the party was chased away and went down the street. 

The boy then took the infant — who was "not adequately dressed for the weather," police said — and ran from the home.

Once outside, he fell, allegedly landing on top of the child and causing her to suffer a number of injuries before tossing her in the recycling bin.

"You have family, you have friends, you're enjoying a good time and then something like this, you know beyond comprehension certainly. I think we've all hosted parties and had children present, would never in a million years could believe something like this could ever occur," said Const. Eric Hofley, a police spokesman.

The boy is reported to have then returned to the party, where according to police, he got into a physical altercation with a 13-year-old girl. 

The party-goer who had originally been chased out heard the toddler's cries and located her in the recycling bin. The infant was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but police report she is now in stable condition.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named under the law, was arrested and turned over to the Child Abuse Unit.

He has been charged with a number of offences, including:

- Assault.

- Possession or consumption of liquor by a minor.

- Causing bodily harm by criminal negligence.

- Abandoning a child.

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