01/29/2014 09:34 EST | Updated 03/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Father charged after child left in unattended car

A 39-year-old Toronto father has been charged with child abandonment after a toddler was left inside a vehicle at a Costco parking lot in freezing temperatures.

Emergency crews were called to the parking lot in Markham at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The child, a girl, had been inside the car for about 40 minutes. Emergency crews arrived and the girl exited the car. Police say she was dressed for the weather.

Police have not released the name of the father or the age of the child. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 26.