York Regional Police have charged a man after a toddler was left unattended inside a parked car Tuesday night during frigid temperatures.
The 2-year old girl was left unattended in the car which was parked outside at Costco store at Highway 7 and Woodbine for about 40 minutes.
Police say a passerby noticed her and called for help around 7pm. The girl was dressed for the weather and was not hurt.
With windchill, the temperature in Markham felt like -29.
The tot's father, a 39-year old man from Toronto, faces charges of abandoning a child.
Under the Criminal Code, the maximum sentence for anyone who abandons or exposes a child under the age of 10 so that the child's life is endangered or could be permanently injured is 5 years.
The Children's Aid Society is investigating and police say it is possible that case workers will pay a visit to the family home.
The father's court appearance is scheduled for February 26th.
Authorities have not released his name.