Grandmother charged in death of Milton boy inside hot car

The maternal grandmother of a Milton, Ont., toddler who died after being left inside an overheated car last week has been criminally charged with her grandson's death.

51-year-old accused of criminal negligence in toddler's death

Family and friends attend a funeral for a two-year-old Milton, Ont., boy who died of heat-related causes after being left inside a car last week. The boy's maternal grandmother has been criminally charged in the death. (Linda Ward/CBC)

The maternal grandmother of a Milton, Ont., toddler who died from heat exposure after being left alone inside a car last week has been criminally charged with her grandson's death.

Leslie McDonald, 51, was arrested by Halton homicide detectives. She has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life after an autopsy was performed on Maximus Huyskens, 2, who died on a sweltering afternoon late last month.

Police had said the boy was left "for an extended period of time" inside a sedan parked outside his parents' Milton townhouse. He had earlier been left in the care of his grandmother while his father was at work and his mother was at an appointment.

McDonald is scheduled to appear in Milton Court on Aug. 14. 

The Canada Safety Council estimates that between four and six children die from being left unattended in vehicles every year. During a summer day, internal temperatures can rise to 50 C in as little as 10 minutes.