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Bystanders save Ajax boy being drowned by mom: Cops

By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun

A bridge over Duffins Creek near Rotary Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Ajax on Monday ,February 13, 2017. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

A bridge over Duffins Creek near Rotary Park on the shore of Lake Ontario in Ajax on Monday ,February 13, 2017. Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network

Two Good Samaritans are being credited for saving the life of a three-year-old Ajax boy who police say was being drowned by his mother.

Durham Regional Police say a woman was seen holding her little boy under the water in Ajax’s Rotary Park by Lake Ontario on Thursday afternoon.

“We really have to tip our hats to the citizens being engaged,” police spokesman Dave Selby said Monday. “They may have saved the child’s life.”

The woman had raised concerns moments earlier after being seen holding the child over a bridge railing.

When the citizens saw the boy was under water they intervened and brought the child to shore.

The boy was taken to hospital, treated and released into the care of his father.

“The boy was checked out and is OK,” Selby said.

A 29-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessaries of life.

“She was apprehended under the Mental Health Act, so she can get the resources and services she needs,” Selby said, adding, “That doesn’t preclude us from moving ahead with criminal charges.”

Selby said the bystanders who stepped in to help the boy will be recognized for their efforts.

kconnor@postmedia.com