Dan O’Toole’s ‘missing’ one-month-old daughter Oakland has been confirmed to be safe with her mom hours after the Canadian sports TV host released a shocking Instagram post saying she had been kidnapped.
O’Toole, the co-host of SportsCentre with Jay and Dan on TSN, said his one-month-old daughter Oakland had gone missing in a concerning social media post Thursday evening.
In the harrowing post he said he believed the little girl was alive but that he did not ‘know where she is’.
The ‘broken’ father begged whoever abducted his one-month-old baby to let her ‘come back into my arms’.
Dan O’Toole’s ‘missing’ one-month-old daughter Oakland has been confirmed to be safe with her mom hours after the Canadian sports TV host released a shocking Instagram post saying she had been kidnapped (above)
‘My baby Oakland. I’m praying that whoever has you, is holding you. That whoever has taken you from me, is protecting you,’ the father-of-three wrote on Instagram at around 6p.m. Thursday evening, alongside a photo of the missing infant.
‘That however has you, let’s you come back into my arms. 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.’
O’Toole, 44, updated his post a few hours later to say his now ex-wife Corrie had nothing to do with Oakland’s disappearance.
Over four hours after O’Toole’s initial shock post, Global News confirmed the baby had been found safe with her mother
O’Toole replied to the tweet saying it was ‘not a Durham police matter’ and suggested authorities had not informed him Oakland was safe
‘ATTN: my amazing ex wife Corrie has NOTHING to do with this. Please leave her alone,’ he added to the post.
Over four hours after O’Toole’s initial shock post, Global News confirmed the baby had been found safe with her mother.
‘I have confirmed with @DRPS that @tsnottole’s baby has been located with her mother and is safe. There are no concerns for child’s safety at this point,’ tweeted Travis Dhanraj, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for Global News.
O’Toole replied to the tweet saying it was ‘not a Durham police matter’ and suggested authorities had not informed him Oakland was safe.
‘Hey Travis. First off, this is not a Durham police matter. Secondly, should the police maybe call me first once my child has been found?’ he wrote.
No further details are known at this time. It is not clear who the mother of the baby is.
Canadian sports TV host Dan O’Toole (pictured) made the shocking revelation where he said he believes the little girl was alive but that he did not ‘know where she is’
Oakland was born at the end of May. She is O’Toole’s third daughter
The ‘broken’ father begged whoever abducted his one-month-old baby to let her ‘come back into my arms’. Oakland is pictured above
Oakland was born at the end of May. O’Toole has two other daughters named Ruby and Sydney with ex-wife Corrie.
Concerns grew for the one-month-old’s safety after O’Toole shared the news on social media that she had been ‘taken’.
Several stars and colleagues shared his Instagram post and sent their wishes that they hoped Oakland was found safe.
Talk show host Craig Needles tweeted that he was ‘crying’ on hearing the ‘nightmare’ news that Oakland is missing.
‘I’m currently sitting on the couch, holding my daughter and crying thinking about Dan O’Toole and his baby,’ he wrote.
‘I hope this nightmare is over for him soon.’
Ian McLaren, host of Locked on Boston Bruins, also sent his support to O’Toole and his family.
‘Dan O’Toole is a national treasure and I can’t handle anything happening to him and his family,’ he tweeted.
New Jersey Devils’ official team reporter and O’Toole’s former colleague Amanda Stein wrote: ‘Absolutely heartbroken for @tsnotoole who posted this about an hour ago on his Instagram.
‘His one month old daughter Oakland is missing. Please keep Dan and his family in your thoughts, and for the safe return of Oakland to her parents.’
‘Pray for Dan O’Toole and baby… from his Instagram account,’ tweeted Kevin McGran.
Several stars and colleagues shared O’Toole’s Instagram post and sent their wishes that they hope Oakland is found safe
Skepticism started to mount on social media over the abduction after it emerged no Amber Alert was put out for a missing child.
A spokesperson for Toronto Police Department told DailyMail.com they had received no reports of a missing one-month-old and that no Amber Alert has been issued.
They said it was possible another police department could be investigating the abduction but that the Toronto Police Department had no information on the matter.
Peterborough police department also told DailyMail.com they had had no reports and were not investigating a missing baby.
A spokesman for Ontario Provincial Police also told DailyMail.com they had ‘no information’ about it.
O’Toole last posted on social media at around 9a.m. Thursday morning – around nine hours before he posted the news that Oakland was missing – when he replied to a tweet with the message: ‘Got to throw to it last night on the show!!!!’
O’Toole had introduced his baby daughter to the world in an Instagram post on May 26
The proud dad also shared this image of him with the new addition to his family
The TV host first introduced his baby daughter to the world in an Instagram post on May 26.
‘When you self isolate long enough, you get one of these as a door prize!!’ the proud dad wrote on social media.
‘Meet Oakland Eleanor Sandra Newman-O’Toole. My brand new lil girl who has a million names, and all of my heart.
‘In case it was ever in doubt, now officially NEVER forgetting 2020,’ he added alongside a snap of the newborn.
He then celebrated the addition to his family on May 27 when little Oakland made her national TV debut on SportsCentre with Jay and Dan.
In a clip of the show on the Jay and Dan Instagram account, O’Toole introduces the newborn to viewers.
‘There she is – there’s a brand new baby for you,’ he says, beaming at the camera, before playfully pretending to throw her off screen.
This story is developing