Surveillance video was rolling on a home's front porch when the woman ran toward the front door, holding a child by the arm with one of her hands, and two bags with her other hand.
Afterwards, the boy was taken into protective custody but within several hours, tips from the public identified him. The woman who dropped the boy off is a friend of the boy's mother, according to police. "It was very alarming and very disturbing and my heart was hurting for that child".
In August, the same sheriff's department issued an appeal after another chilling video showed a semi-clothed woman wearing wrist-ties rushing up to a doorbell in the middle of the night.
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Surveillance video captured a woman arriving in a white vehicle and running towards the door with the child in hand. Investigators will interview her once they finish speaking to the child's mother, according to Spencer. "The entire incident was captured on video surveillance and lasted 23 seconds", the sheriff's office said.
The toddler looked confused as he stood on the porch, watching the woman run away. "At that time child protective services were contacted, and the child was released to their custody". Officials say the mother had been in the hospital during the incident and was released on Thursday morning. CPS officials have since reunited Simmons with his family. The father told detectives that when the child hadn't arrived in the afternoon, he assumed plans changed and left for the evening. She faces a charge of child abandonment, which is a felony.
The sheriff's office said it had identified the woman who left the child but that it had not spoken to her yet.