A Canadian man, identified as Derrick Hardy, has been charged with criminal negligence and assaulting the infant, after the childs mom came home and found her baby in the freezer.
Hardy, who could not figure out how to deal with his girlfriend’s feverish 10-month-old daughter, put the baby into a freezer to cool her down, a local newspaper reported.
The mother found the girl crammed into the freezer alongside ice cubes and hamburger meat. Hardy said he had left the door ajar but the mother said it had been closed when she returned.
The child had only been in the freezer for about 40 seconds a court in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island heard.
Hardy, 21, who admitted to police that he had no real parenting skills to deal with a sick child, said he had noticed the girl was very hot and put a cool cloth on her face, but this had no effect.
He then carried the girl outside into the night air but, frustrated that this also did not work and worried she might drown if placed in a cold bath, he put the baby into the kitchen freezer. She was wearing only an undershirt.
A local doctor said the mother had described her baby as “crying, sobbing and terrified.” The child spent several days in hospital to recover from first- and second-degree freezer burns on her head and torso.
Hardy has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The baby’s grandmother now has custody of the girl.
Where could this mother have needed to go so badly that she would leave her baby with this man. There is probably more to this story, that’s why gramma now has custody.