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Baby found dead days after family car plunged into Laval, Que., river

The search for a one-month-old boy, missing after his family’s car was found partially submerged in a river north of Laval, Que., last week, has ended in tragedy.

Laval police confirmed that the infant’s body was found Monday morning.

The baby was lost after the car, containing a mother and her two children, was found in the Rivière des Mille Îles Friday.

The 40-year-old mother and a four-year-old girl were rescued and taken to hospital, but the boy remained unaccounted for.

The young girl was released from hospital Friday evening and is doing well, said Laval police spokesperson Erika Landry. However, the mother remained in hospital over the weekend.

Quebec provincial police divers and a helicopter took part in the search for the infant. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC News)

Criminal investigators are still working to determine how the vehicle ended up in the water. 

Police did not speak with the mother yet because she was in no condition to answer questions, Landry said.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. Friday near the intersection of les Érables Street and Saint-Antoine Road. Les Érables Street runs parallel to the Rivière des Mille Îles.

Searches were conducted on Friday evening and throughout the weekend. Searches resumed around 7 a.m. Monday and the body was found a few hours later.

Provincial police divers were supported by Laval firefighters, police and rescue dogs. A helicopter search was also conducted over the weekend.

Laval police have not yet confirmed where the body was found, but people who live along the river had been asked to keep an eye on their property, as the infant could have been carried several kilometres by the current.

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