Three and a half months after an infant girl was found abandoned, bruised and face down in a freezing cold North York stairwell, investigators say they have tracked down the girl’s parents.
A married couple, formerly from Toronto, were both arrested at their Kitchener home Wednesday night in relation to the abandonment of the little girl the city has come to know as Angelica-Leslie.
“We knew where they lived and we went out there and arrested them and we brought them back,” proclaimed lead investigator, Toronto Police Det. Keith Moxley, at a news conference yesterday.
The girl was found by a passerby in the stairwell of a parking garage outside a North York shopping plaza on Jan. 30.
Dressed in a jumper and a snowsuit, she was bleeding from the nose and had several bruises.
“This kind of case touches the heart of everybody,” said Moxley. “This is an abandoned infant left in a stairwell in very cold temperatures and it touches our heart when something like that happens and you want to get to the bottom of it.”
Video footage later obtained from the garage showed a man parking what appeared to be a green Ford Escort outside the stairwell and carrying a small package inside. Moments later, the man returned to his vehicle without the package, which was later revealed to be the infant girl.
The couple, police said, had been married for six years and was under investigation since early March. Both the alleged parents are charged with abandoning a child under the age of 10, failing to provide the necessities of life, assault causing bodily harm and criminal negligence.
A publication ban has been imposed on any evidence or arguments made at the hearing and on any information that could identify the abandoned girl or the two accused