A 39-year-old Toronto father has been charged with child abandonment after his two-year-old daughter was left inside a vehicle at a Costco parking lot in freezing temperatures.

Emergency crews were called to the parking lot in Markham at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after a concerned citizen called to alert them. 

The little girl had been inside the car for about 40 minutes. Emergency crews arrived and the girl exited the car. Police say she was dressed for the weather and was unharmed. 

Police have not released the name of the father. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 26.