A Toronto mother is facing charges of “leaving a child unattended” and charges are pending against the father after Police were called to a North York Mall on Monday evening.
The unnamed woman and her husband left their 5 children aged, 4 months, 2 years, 7 years and a set of twins that are 17 months in the car unattended for an hour while they did some shopping.
When a witness went into the mall at 7pm the children were in the car alone. At 8pm when she was done her shopping she noticed the children were still in the vehicle and called mall security.
The parents declined to be interviewed on camera, but only had to say that they are upset and disheartened by the allegations. It would be inconceivable for them to abandon their children.
It is illegal to leave a child under the age of 16 without adult supervision.
A court date has been set for January. The Children’s Aid Society are also now involved.
You never want 5 children to be taken away from their parents at Christmas time, but leaving these children in the car on a cold night is not forgivable especially a 4 month old infant. It is one thing to run in quickly to get your takeout and leave your kids in the car, but not for a full hour in the middle of November.