A 42-year-old Toronto man has been arrested after a one-year-old child was rescued from a hot car parked in York Region.
Police say someone spotted the child in the back seat at Vaughan Mills Mall yesterday afternoon and called 911.
When officers arrived, they found the girl sleeping in a Mazda van with no parent in sight.
Const Andy Pattenden says the windows of the van were left open about one inch, but the temperature outside the vehicle was more than 30 degrees with humidity.
Police were able to force a window and open and pull the child out.
"The child... was showing some obvious signs of exposure to high heat," Const Pattenden says. "She was hot to the touch, her skin was red and her hair was drenched with sweat."
The girl's father returned to the van about half an hour later and he was arrested. He has been charged with leaving a child unattended.
The child was taken to hospital as a precaution and has been released into the custody of her mother.