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Woman Abandons Toddler On Doorstep Of Home

19 October 2018

Deputies have identified the woman; the child's father says she accidentally dropped the child off at the wrong house.

The boy's father lived next door to the home where the child was dropped off, Houston news station KTRK reported.

A woman could be facing charges after abandoning a friend's child on a stranger's doorstep at a Texas home Wednesday.

A camera setup to record the home's porch and door showed a woman run toward the front door, holding a child by the arm with one hand and holding two bags in her other.

In the 23-second-long clip, a smiling woman could be seen leaving the child and knocking several times. The woman is then seen driving off in a vehicle as the child continued to watch her leave. Investigators will interview her once they finish speaking to the child's mother, according to Spencer.

Reporters who were in the neighborhood Thursday spoke to a man who identified himself as the boy's father after recognizing his child from the doorbell video. Instead, she asked a friend to drop her boy off.

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"I was gut-wrenched [watching the surveillance video]", Spencer said.

The friend put the child in "great danger", Spencer said.

The incident took place in Spring, Texas, at around 8:20 p.m. on October 17. She was discharged from the hospital on Thursday morning.

The homeowner heard a knock at her door and when she answered it, she found a 2-year-old boy standing at the door with no adult. "Deputies canvassed the area in an attempt to find anyone who knew the child but were unable to locate anyone".

The child was put in the custody of Child Protective Services until the child can be reunited with family members. Spencer said the woman is facing a third-degree felony charge of child abandonment and has yet to be taken into custody.

"The investigation is ongoing once completed the case will be submitted to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office for changes".

Woman Abandons Toddler On Doorstep Of Home