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Child, 4, reunited with parents near Dufferin and St. Clair

CityNews | posted Monday, Apr 25th, 2016

A four-year-old girl who was found wandering the streets early on Monday morning has been reunited with her parents.

The child was found by another adult on Conway Avenue, near St. Clair Avenue and Dufferin Street, around 1:30 a.m.

The adult did not know the child and immediately called police. The child was safe and unharmed, Sgt. Mark Repa said.

“She was within half a block of her home,” Repa said.

However, when they took the child home, the parents were not there. They were eventually found.

The Children’s Aid Society has been called in and a charge of child abandonment is pending against the child’s mother. The father was at work, police said, while the mom had gone out for pizza.

The three-year-old girl has a sibling, Repa said, but that child was never missing.

There is no law in Ontario that dictates a specific age at which a child can be left unsupervised,Children’s Aid of Toronto notes on its website. However, parents are responsible for their child’s well-being until that child is 16 years old.

Correction: Police initially said the girl was three years old.


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