Police have identified a Texas woman who was seen on video ditching a 2-year-old boy on a doorstep before hopping into a vehicle and speeding away. When the child was not dropped off as planned, Spencer said, the father assumed the mother had changed her mind and left the house for the evening. When she reaches the front entrance, the woman puts the child down, repeatedly rings the door bell and knocks several times.
Following the release of a video broadcast by KTRK ABC13 in Houston, a man came forward claiming to be the father of two-year-old Royal Prince Simmons.
Texas police say a woman who left a toddler alone on a front porch simply took the child to the wrong house.
The woman then knocked on the door before turning around and running away, leaving the boy behind at the doorstep.
Ring doorbell video captured the incident Wednesday night, which lasted about 23 seconds. The mother asked her to drop the child off with his father because she was in the hospital.
"When Deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance and observed a black female arrive at the residence in a white passenger auto".
"I was gut-wrenched. It was very alarming and very disturbing, and my heart was hurting for that child", Spencer told reporters, recalling how he felt upon initially reviewing the surveillance recording. Spencer said he is safe, healthy and in good spirits.
The incident was recorded on surveillance video.
The child has been placed with a foster family as officials determine who to release him to.
Child Protective Services has taken custody of the child, deputies said.
The woman faces a possible charge of child abandonment. "Deputies canvassed the area in an attempt to find anyone who knew the child but were unable to locate anyone". The woman also left two bags behind.
Hours later, authorities said the child's father has been found, and they will provide more updates.