Police arrested and charged a Hamilton mother on Wednesday after firefighters found her 15-month-old son alone inside a burning home last week.
The toddler is doing well and is being cared for by the Children’s Aid Society, police say. The 25-year-old mother has been charged with abandoning a child.
The charges stem from an incident just after noon on Thursday, when emergency crews received a call about smoke coming from a house on Bay Street North near Stuart Street, in north Hamilton.
Firefighters rescued a 15-month-old toddler named Ryder who was found inside the house. He was later sent to hospital with smoke inhalation.
The fire department deemed the incident itself not suspicious.
They boy's mother would not comment on the incident when a reporter spoke with her outside the home on Thursday. Her boyfriend later told CBC Hamilton that she is a "good mom" who had stepped out to buy milk just minutes before the fire started.
“This is just like a freak accident,” said the 24-year-old man, who asked not to be named. “She doesn’t deserve to be looked at like that.”
Claudio Mostacci, a spokesperson with the Hamilton Fire Department, said the house sustained $100,000 in damage.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.