Police say TSN host Dan O'Toole's baby was not abducted after all
TSN host Dan O'Toole's daughter was fortunately found safe and sound with her mother following a bizarre message he posted to social media on Thursday evening saying that the one-month-old was mysteriously taken — and police are apparently now claiming that the alleged abduction never happened in the first place.
Found safe with her mother????????????? What the f#@%❗️. Really.— Pullking (@AndrewF45894618) July 3, 2020
Fans found it extremely strange that instead of contacting police, the SportsCentre broadcaster made a cryptic, since-deleted post to his 61.9 thousand Instagram followers that read "My baby Oakland. I’m praying that whoever has you, is holding you. That whoever has taken you from me, is protecting you. That however has you, let’s you come back into my arms."
It continued: "I love you Oakland. I can’t wait to one day hold you again. My heart is broken. I am broken. To be clear, Oakland is alive, we think. But we don’t know. I have a one month old child, and I don’t know where she is.”
The whole situation was completely sketchy from the start. Why would anyone in their right mind with 60000 followers post something as serious as this to their social media? Paraphrasing “i think my baby is still alive but i dont know.” Wtf? Thats some weird ass shit.— Pandemic Mike 🥜💼 (@reidermeister) July 3, 2020
O'Toole later clarified that he didn't believe his "amazing" ex wife had anything to do with the baby's disappearance as alarm over the potential abduction spread.
But, a source from local police in Durham, Ontario has now told reporters that O'Toole's claims that the child was "taken" in the first place were untrue.
"The information provided to us was false; there was no such abduction," police said to the New York Post on Saturday, two days after the incident.
The situation was made even weirder by the fact that a fellow Canadian journalist tweeted the same day the baby went missing that they had confirmed with Durham Regional Police that she had been "located with her mother and is safe," to which O'Toole tweeted back "should the police maybe call me first once my child has been found?"
Something is very wrong with this situation. 😔 pic.twitter.com/lLf8uP1JkG— Jess Balzer (@jessicajbalzer) July 3, 2020
O'Toole later updated his social media posts to say that Oakland had, in fact, been found safe, though he had "still not seen her or held her."
"To those that decided to bash me during this ordeal, tell me this: have you ever looked in the eyes of your kids, and not been able to tell them where their sister is or when they will see her again? We are still broken. We may never be fixed again," he added.
Durham Regional Police also took to social media to say that they had "looked into the social media post of a local resident/sports broadcaster regarding an alleged abduction of his baby daughter," which they noted was not actually reported to them.
"We can confirm the baby has been/continues to be safe with her biological mother in the Peterborough area," they said in the since-deleted tweet.
No charges were ever laid.
*the other parent of your child doesn't drop her off for your visitation time*— JRMarlow🥛📈💰 (@JRMarlow) July 3, 2020
Normal people: Fucking baby mama, now I have to call my lawyer.
Dan O'Toole: MY BABY HAS BEEN ABDUCTED AND IS POSSIBLY DEAD. I'M GOING TO RESOLVE THIS SITUATION BY MAKING CRYPTIC POSTS ON INSTAGRAM.
The whole ordeal has made the public a little bit concerned for O'Toole's domestic situation and mental state, to say the least.
The broadcaster also has two older daughters with ex-wife Corrie, who is not believed to be the mother of Oakland, who was born in late May.
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