Police are investigating after a newborn baby was allegedly abandoned outside a home in Laval’s Chomedey district on Wednesday.
Laval police spokesperson Stephanie Beshara said a woman called 911 at around 12:30 saying she’d found a newborn on her balcony.
Another 911 call came in 15 minutes later from a local-area hospital reporting a woman had just given birth and had abandoned her baby.
Beshara said the baby had been outside for maybe two hours before it was discovered.
The newborn was rushed to hospital to be treated for possible hypothermia.
“The baby is in stable condition but under constant watch,” Beshara said on Thursday. “The next 48 hours are critical.”
As of Thursday evening, the mother, 18, remained in hospital.
Beshara said the teen had yet to speak to investigators but had been placed under arrest for failing to provide the necessaries of life for a child under the age of 16 years.
Beshara said the file will be transferred to the prosecutor’s office, who will decide what charges she could face.
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