July 14, 2024


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Two-year-old boy abandoned at charity shop with just a note and bag of clothes

A two-year-old boy was abandoned at a charity shop – with nothing but a note and a bag of clothes.

The toddler didn’t know his own name or the names of his parents, police in Southaven, Mississippi, said.

He was left outside a goodwill donation centre with a note which reportedly said “his mother cannot take care of him anymore”.

CCTV released by police show he was dropped off by a man wearing a mask and a cowboy hat, and left with a change of clothes at 9.50am yesterday.

Officers released a photo of the little boy, who wasn’t wearing any socks or a warm coat, and also CCTV photos of a man, a woman and a car they wanted to track down.

Nearly six hours later they arrested a person related to the incident.

CCTV showed the little boy being dropped off

The boy was taken to a police station before being left in the care of child protective services as police investigate.

A spokesperson for Southaven Police Department initially said: “A child was abandoned at the Goodwill drop off location at 57 Stateline Road East in Southaven.

“The suspect, a light-skinned black male wearing black jogging pants and a black cowboy hat, dropped the child off with a plastic bag containing a change of clothes and a note.

“The suspect then left the scene on foot.

“Responding officers but were unable to locate the suspect.

“The male child is approximately two years old and is unable to give his name or the names of his parents or relatives.”

Police released an image of this car

Nearby surveillance video captured images of both a male and female associated with this incident, police said as they posted this image on their Facebook page

Police chief Macon Moore later said a suspect was taken into custody at 3.30pm yesterday, but “no suspect information or charges are being released”.

He added: “We would like to thank all of the citizens who showed concern for the child, rest assured he is well, and being taken care of and will be re-united with family when CPS determines this is proper.

“We would also like to thank all of the citizens who offered tips regarding the suspects in this case.

“The cooperation from the community and a unified effort from law enforcement led to the speedy apprehension of suspects.”