THUNDER BAY – CRIME – A Thunder Bay man faces a number of charges after leaving his seventeen-month-old son in a vehicle for six hours. Thunder Bay Police have laid charges of child abandonment, failure of a duty of a person to provide necessities and theft under $5000 in an incident that happened on a Mary Street address. Police state that the man was allegedly in the home doing drugs while his son was left in a freezing vehicle for hours.
The seventeen=month-old suffered from frostbite and was in extreme pain. Police were contacted earlier in the evening on Sunday after the man and his son did not return to meet with members of his family as he was expected to do.
The suspect, who police will not identify to protect the identity of the child was apparently also suspected in the theft of a laptop computer that he was apparently selling to get drugs.
When police arrived at the Mary Street address, at about two am, they found out that the child had been left in the vehicle for approximately six hours in the freezing weather.
The boy was hospitalized after suffering frostbite and being in extreme pain early Monday morning. He has since been released from hospital into the care of family members. Children’s services will also conduct an investigation
Thunder Bay Police Service officers were initially contacted around 9 p.m. Sunday night after the man and his son never arrived to meet with family members earlier in the day as expected.