Toronto Police make arrest in hit-and-run that nearly killed toddler

Jeremiah Cook

Toronto police have arrested a man accused of fleeing the scene after the SUV he was allegedly in mowed down a family, sending a toddler to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say 40-year-old Jeremiah Cook was arrested Thursday and faces five charges, including obstructing police and failing to remain at the scene of a crash causing bodily harm.

The man who was allegedly driving the SUV, 34-year-old Derek DeSousa (picture below), is still at large and wanted on charges including two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The charges stem from an incident on the morning of Oct. 13, when a grey SUV allegedly ran a red light, mounted a sidewalk and hit three members of the same family.

The three people struck -- a 57-year-old woman, a 37-year-old woman and a 20-month-old boy -- were seriously injured.

The boy's injuries were initially considered life-threatening, but police have since said that he's expected to recover.

Derek DeSousa, 34, wanted on two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm