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01/16/2018 11:29 EST | Updated 01/16/2018 17:09 EST

Toronto Police Say They've Found Mother Of Newborn Allegedly Abandoned Outside Building

The baby was rushed to a hospital where he remains in critical condition.

A Toronto police car is parked on a downtown Toronto street on June 24, 2011.
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A Toronto police car is parked on a downtown Toronto street on June 24, 2011.

UPDATE: Police say they've found the mother of a newborn baby boy who was allegedly abandoned this morning outside a commercial building.

Police say the mother is receiving medical care, but would not provide further details.

Police said they received a call just before 11 a.m. from someone claiming to be a passerby who found the infant in a plaza in the city's west end.

They say the baby was in a safe indoor area when officers arrived and was conscious and breathing.

Paramedics say the baby was rushed to a hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Const. David Hopkinson says the police investigation into the matter is ongoing.

TORONTO — A newborn baby boy was in critical condition after being abandoned outside a building in Toronto, police said Tuesday as they worked to find the child's parents.

The infant was discovered in a laneway behind a commercial building in the city's west end just before 11 a.m., police said.

Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said the baby was naked when it was found on the ground. A passerby put clothing on the boy and brought him to a safe indoor area before calling police, she said.

The baby was conscious and breathing when police arrived, Sidhu said.

Police do not yet know when or where the baby was born, she said.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and transported the baby to the hospital. A spokeswoman said the baby was in critical but non-life-threatening condition.

The temperature was around -6 C at the time the baby was found, with wind chill making it feel like -10 C.

Const. David Hopkinson said police have not yet identified the baby's parents, but said investigators are concerned about the condition of the mother.

"If the baby was delivered sometime very (recently), then that person that delivered that baby may be in distress,'' he said.

Police say their investigation is ongoing.

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