Mississippi Police said on Monday a healthy 2-year-old boy who was abandoned with a change of clothes and a note saying “abandoned child … no phone number for mom” at a Goodwill depot had been identified and a suspect has been arrested.
The child is in the custody of the State Department of Child Protective Services, the Southaven Police Department said in a Facebook post.
“The male child is around 2 years old and unable to give his name or the names of his parents or relatives,” the department initially published about the boy.
Police said they were looking for a man and woman who were in a battered vehicle and were seen on surveillance video abandoning the child at the Southaven Goodwill Store on Stateline Road East at around 9.40am.
The man was wearing black sweatpants and a black cowboy hat when he dropped the little boy off, police said. A suspect has been arrested across state lines in Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said.
“Southaven Police have received extensive advice, and with the help of the FBI offices in Mississippi and Tennessee, as well as the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, a suspect related to this case has been arrested in Memphis.” , the department said.
He did not disclose any information about the charges or the suspects.
Police said WREG-TV the note that said “abandoned child… no phone number for mom” was scrawled on a napkin.
Police found the note in a Kroger plastic bag left with the boy. There was also a change of clothes and food inside, according to the station.
The station reported interviewing a Goodwill worker who took the child away.
He said the man approached him and said “the child’s mother couldn’t care for him” before walking away, according to the station.
The worker told the station the boy was wearing clothes unsuitable for the cold weather on Monday morning.
He also described the boy as being in a good mood, laughing, playing with toys and eating food while waiting for the police to arrive.
The boy knew how old he was, holding up two fingers when asked how old he was.