There is no law in Ontario against leaving children in a vehicle, though it does depend on the situation and the danger to the child.
The vehicle had been left by its owner, the father of the missing 3-month-old boy, in a parking garage near Highway 27 and Albion Road in the Rexdale area of the city.
An Amber Alert issued at around 5:15 p.m.by the Ontario Provincial Police, soon after, resulted in an intense police hunt.
The auto, described as a silver or grey 1997 Toyota Camry, was taken from the parking lot of a flea market in northwest Toronto Sunday afternoon, police said.
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The vehicle was last seen headed northbound on Highway 27 at Albion Road. "He might have had his back to it as he walked over to the door, but he wasn't around the corner and he didn't go inside".
"Thank you so much everybody", the boy's father said to news cameras Sunday night.
Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says that following an investigation, police have determined that the father had not been negligent towards the child, as he was standing "a few feet away" from the vehicle when the suspect jumped in and drove off. "Thank you for that guy who took it - at least he had a conscience". An earlier version said the stolen vehicle was a van.
The car's license number is BWRC161 and police describe the suspected thief as having blond hair and being in his 40s. He stands five-foot-11 with a medium build and short blonde hair and was wearing a backpack. The employee called police who discovered no keys in the vehicle but the infant was safe and sound. When the Amber Alert was reissued, the age of the suspect as well as the age of the baby was wrong.