A baby drowned in the Rivière des Mille Îles


An infant sank in the Rivière des Mille Îles, in Laval, on Friday. His mother risks being accused of having killed him because she would have voluntarily plunged with her vehicle into the rough waters.

Screenshot, TVA Nouvelles

A call was made to 911 around 5 p.m. regarding a sport utility vehicle partially submerged in the Rivière des Mille Îles, near rue des Érables, in Laval.

The Honda CRV, which had on board a mother and her two children, would have started its race in the parking lot of a building with condos located in front of the river to go « very quickly » towards the edge of the water, according to a resident of the area.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

First responders were able to pull the lady and one of the children out of the water. They were taken to hospital and their state of health was still unknown at the end of the evening.

“Unfortunately, we are still looking for a child,” said Laval Police Department spokesperson Erika Landry.

Research on pause

Boats from the Laval Fire Department tried to find him, in vain.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

Rescue teams had to end their search in the early evening, due to darkness. The Sûreté du Québec must come in reinforcement on Saturday morning.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

Friday around 8 p.m., however, several police vehicles were still on site, in addition to a command post.

a baby seat

The towed vehicle, which was near the banks, showed considerable damage, possibly due to the rocks located at the edge of the water.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

“I saw that they took the car out of the water and that they removed a baby seat which was on the bench”, indicates Marie-France Petit, not far from the security perimeter.

Photo QMI Agency, Thierry Laforce

The thesis of suicide would be the first considered by the police according to our information. The ongoing investigation will shed light on this tragic event.

– With Frederique Giguère

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