The father of a six-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert this week is staying overnight in an Ontario hospital after he sustained injuries Saturday afternoon following the court’s decision to transfer him back to Quebec.
The man appeared in court Saturday morning for his bail hearing, and was awaiting the vehicle expected to transfer him when he became injured.
At 1:30 p.m., the courts had made a decision upon releasing him into the custody of the Sûreté du Québec, Québec’s provincial police force. By 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Carolle Dionne, a spokesperson with the Ontario Provincial Police, had been told that the man had been taken to hospital by ambulance.
“At this point there’s no information as to the type of injuries or the extent of his injuries,” said Dionne. She could not say how the injuries were sustained, but said that police were not looking for suspects regarding the injuries.
The new timeline on transferring the father back to Quebec will depend on further medical evaluations to be done Sunday morning.
Ontario police said they couldn’t comment on what charges the man might face in his home province, and police in Quebec did not respond to requests for comment on that matter. The Ontario Provincial Police say an investigation in their province is ongoing.
Quebec provincial police are combing an area around Lachute for a missing 71-year-old man who previously used the car in which the missing child was found safe.
Sgt. Claude Denis says a ground and air search is currently underway for Yvon Lacasse, adding that finding him is considered a top priority for the investigation.
“For us, it is an emergency to find Mr. Lacasse,” Denis said from the scene of the search.
Police have speculated that the child’s father may have dropped Lacasse off somewhere in his flight to eastern Ontario.
The boy’s father made it from St-Eustache to the town of Griffith, Ont., about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa, before he was arrested.
Police said they used ground and air support and deployed a spike belt to stop the father’s vehicle and that he was arrested after a short foot chase.
Police said the child was found in the vehicle in good physical health and had been placed in care.
The boy’s mother, who was married to his father, was found dead Thursday night in a home in St-Eustache, north of Montreal.
Police said she had four children, including three before her relationship with the six-year-old’s father.
With files from Alexandra Jones