Police divers recover the body of a Quebec baby missing in the river from a car accident on Friday

Police in Laval, a suburb of Montreal, on Monday found the body of a one-month-old baby who had been missing since the car his mother was driving crashed into a river on Friday.

The boy was in a vehicle with his mother and four-year-old sister that plunged into the Rivière des Mille Îles in an area northwest of Laval shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

Provincial police divers found the child’s body around 10:15 a.m. Monday, about three hours after teams began a third day of the search. The mother and second child survived, but police said the mother remained in critical condition on Monday.

const. Stephanie Beshara said divers found the body at the bottom of the shallow river not far from where the vehicle entered the water.

Beshara said the investigation is ongoing, but investigators believe the accident could have been deliberate. “There is information that leads us to believe that this was potentially a voluntary act by the mother,” she said.

The 40-year-old mother was hospitalized in critical condition and unable to speak to investigators, so they don’t know the full circumstances surrounding the crash, Beshara said.

The four-year-old girl was rescued and discharged from hospital on Friday evening and is being cared for by family members.

Police spent the weekend searching for the missing baby, with provincial police divers and a helicopter joining local police and fire crews.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 31, 2022.

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