The sound of a child crying in a car in the parking lot of the Silver Dollar Casino in Calgary prompted a patron to call police after midnight on Monday, police said.


Calgary police, fire and EMS responded to the scene in the 1000 block of 42 Ave SE and found a car with the windows covered with blankets, which police said were used to avoid viewing from the outside.


Fire crews were able to access the vehicle and removed a 21-month old boy from a rear child restraint.


The child was lightly dressed, with no socks or shoes, had vomited on his clothing and the temperature at the time was estimated at -8 C, police said.


Police located the father inside the casino, and arrested him. Further investigation revealed to police that the child may have been in the vehicle for up to six hours, though police said the father may have periodically checked on the toddler.

The child was seized by Child and Family Services who, along with the Calgary Police Service, are continuing their investigation.

Police have charged the 50-year-old father with abandoning a child. He cannot be named to protect the child involved.