A yet-to-be-identified woman abandoned her 2-year-old son outside Goodwill in Mississippi. The boy could not give the contact address of his parents, but he had a plastic bag with him. The bag contained extra clothes and a note for workers at the Goodwill location. The note stated that he has been abandoned and his mother could not be contacted, NBC News reports.
The Southaven Police Department, where Goodwill is located in Mississippi, told reporters an arrest has been made in Memphis, Tennessee, in connection with the incident. The arrested suspect is thought to be the man who helped a woman drop off the boy. The arrest was made on Monday according to the police department which has since failed to give more information on the arrest.
“We are not going to release information about suspects or the charges right now because the case is ongoing,” the police department stated.
The boy was discovered outside the Southaven Goodwill around 10 a.m. on Monday, according to local law enforcement. A CCTV footage shows a man and a woman dropping him off and driving off in a red car. The man alighted from the vehicle, dropped off the boy, and drove off. One of the employees at Goodwill told reporters that the yet-to-be-identified man approached him and told him that the boy’s mother no longer had the capacity to cater to his needs, Fox News writes.
The police also stated that the boy was taken to the police station. Child Protective Services has also been contacted to handle the situation. Goodwill released a statement to confirm the incident.
“Goodwill has been informed that a 2-year-old boy was left in one of our donation centers,” the statement reads. “An adult dropped off the boy, and we have since ensured that the boy will remain safe and taken care of. We contacted the police department, and our security heads have been working on the case to review the CCTV footage. The police are also investigating the incident, and we are working with them.”
The police department has also stated that the community has been helpful in the case, helping with vital information that led to the arrest of one suspect in Tennessee. Macon Moore, a police chief, appreciated the efforts of the members of the community. Moore stated that the boy is safe and fine and would be handed over to his family when the authorities decide that it is safe to do so.