ORILLIA — Provincial police are looking for witnesses after an 11-month-old infant was found on the way to school suffering from “severe” injuries.
They are seeking the public’s assistance to help piece together the odd events that led to the baby boy’s injuries in Orillia back on Wednesday, March 20.
The say someone call 911 to report the child in medical distress in the area of Birch Street, which is east off Memorial Avenue and near the McDonald’s and Twin Lakes Secondary School neighourhood.
The infant was transported to a hospital in Orillia before being airlifted by Ornge to Toronto.
The OPP say that between 8 and 9:30 a.m. that morning police believe the infant was dressed in a lime green jacket and navy blue snow pants was being transported with three other young children by a female care-provider in a unique four-seat stroller to a school on George Street.
During this time, two unidentified adult females approached the care-provider and enquired about the infant’s wellbeing.
Police say these witnesses may hold important information and are asked to contact police.
The infant may also have been in the following areas in the city between March 19 and 20: Gill Street, Peter Street North, Birch Street, Barrie Road, Lexington Avenue, Westmount Drive North and George Street.
A video detailing the investigation and public appeal has been made available on Twitter @OPP_CR and Facebook @OPPCentralRegion.
In it Sergeant J.T. (Jason) Folz offers details and appeals for more information about the “severe” injuries to the infant.
He told MuskokaTODAY.com Monday that the child suffered “life-altering” injuries and is now in a rehabilitation facility.
And police are waiting for the public to provide any assistance they can in solving the case, which the OPP are being assisted with through their Criminial Investigations Branch, which is also based out of the nearby Orillia OPP provincial headquarters.
Police ask that if you believe you observed this infant during this timeframe, or have any information regarding this incident, to please contact the Ontario Provincial Police immediately at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.