Video shows frantic woman abandoning toddler on front porch

19 October, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • A woman who is accused of abandoning a child on the doorstep of a home in Spring Texas on Oct. 17 2018 is seen in this image take from surveillance video released by investigators

The surveillance video shows the woman running to the front door of the Houston-area home with the boy, ringing the doorbell and then running off to her auto.

The woman can then be heard knocking the door, before running off and leaving the confused-looking boy standing beside two bags she also dumped.

The sheriff's office said although the woman has not been found, they do not believe she is on the run.

Authorities say they managed to find the child's father and the boy was uninjured and appeared to be in good health.

The woman dropped off the child around 8:40 p.m. after the father left his home - but at the wrong house.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the woman, who is yet to be named, thought she was leaving him at his father's home at the time.

On Thursday, a man in the neighborhood was shown the video and said he was the boy's father.

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"Detectives learned the father of the child received a text from the mother of the child...that a friend was going to drop off the child in the early afternoon [Wednesday]", Montgomery County Lt. Scott Spencer said at a news conference.

The woman approaches the door holding the toddler by the arm.

When that did not happen, he left the home assuming the mother had changed her mind, but the mother was in the hospital and asked her friend to drop the child off.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said the woman pulled up at the property in a white auto, and that the entire incident lasted just 23 seconds.

"If that was her child, she wouldn't have left him", Simmons said, according to the Houston Chronicle. He was looked after by Child Protective Services after the incident. The woman faces a charge of child abandonment, a felony. It is not clear if she visited the father's home first and found it empty, or if she was mistaken as to his address.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office did not respond to DailyMail.com's inquiries on Thursday morning.

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