A 13-month-old baby is in critical condition after he was found in a backyard pool in the city's east end.
Police say the incident happened this morning behind a home on Parkville Ave. in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district.
They say the child was unconscious when he was found in the pool. He had apparently fallen in accidentally. The pool is a small, in-ground model. There was no fence around it.
Police spokesman François Colland told reporters the boy's mother was inside the house with a female friend at the time.
"He was left unattended for approximately five minutes. The time of submersion is unknown," Colland said.
Urgences-Santé officials say he is breathing on his own, but remains in critical condition in hospital.
The mother, who is in her mid-20s, and her friend were also taken to hospital to be treated for shock.