A young girl at the centre of an Amber Alert has been found safe after the family car she was in was stolen in Toronto Friday morning.
About three-and-a-half hours after someone had absconded with the car, a black Toyota Camry, the vehicle was spotted by a passerby in the city’s west-end, abandoned in a parking lot with the engine still running, said Toronto Police Detective Ranbir Dhillon.
The four-year-old girl was still in the backseat. “She seems to be OK at this point,” Det. Dhillon told reporters, adding that an ambulance had been called to check her more carefully.
The black Toyota Camry was taken from outside a home at the corner of Romanway Crescent and Plainfield Road, near Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue.
A woman had placed one of her children in the running car and went back inside her home to get her younger sibling, Constable David Hopkinson said in an interview earlier Friday.
Nearly two hours later, police got a report that the car was spotted north of Mississauga, near the junction of Highways 401 and 403, being driven erratically.
An Amber Alert was issued, asking the public to find the vehicle and the girl. Police feared for the girl’s safety if the vehicle was abandoned because of the cold temperature.
With the stolen car reported west of Toronto, Peel Regional Police asked business and property managers to check if the vehicle might be in their parking lots.
Det. Dhillon would only say that the Toyota was found within Toronto police’s 12 Division, whose boundaries include the Humber River on the west, Highway 401 on the north, the Canadian National Railway line on the east and St. Clair Avenue on the south.
A forensic examination will be conducted on the car. The detective had previously told reporters that there was no sign that the girl had been specifically targeted for abduction.
“Do not leave your children in a car alone. Ever,” he said.Report Typo/Error