The mom of the 2-year-old boy that was abandoned at a thrift store earlier this week has since come out with some shocking claims...
It's a heartwrenching reality that so many children don't have a permanent home...
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Did you know that right now, there are roughly 443,000 children living in foster care?
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Many children are placed in foster care as babies...
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This is extremely traumatic for a young child...
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This brings us to this week's tragic story...
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A 2-year-old boy was dropped off and abandoned at a thrift store in Southaven, Mississipi earlier this week.Southaven Police Department took to social media, writing: "On December 14, 2020, at approximately 9:40 AM, a child was abandoned at the Goodwill drop off location at 57 Stateline Road East in Southaven."
A man was seen dropping off the boy with a note and a bag of clothes."The suspect, a light-skinned Black male wearing black jogging pants and a black cowboy hat, dropped the child off with a plastic bag containing a change of clothes and a note. The suspect then left the scene on foot," the police department wrote. "Responding officers but were unable to locate the suspect. The male child is approximately 2 years old and is unable to give his name or the names of his parents or relatives."
The fact that the little boy doesn't even know his own name suggests an awful lot.The police department then added, "Nearby surveillance video captured images of both a male and female associated with this incident and the vehicle they were driving when the child was abandoned. If you recognize either person or the vehicle they are driving, please contact SPD."
Shortly after placing the CCTV pictures on social media, the department received numerous tips about who was involved.
via: GettyThey have been working with the FBI offices in both Mississippi and Tennessee along with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, and it has been announced that a suspect related to this case was taken into custody in Memphis at approximately 15:30 hours yesterday.
Southaven police department thanked all the citizens who showed concern for the child.
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They then announced this:"He will be reunited with family when CPS determines this is proper," the department explained.
Although since the news came out, a woman claiming to be the mother of the child has comeAntoinette Smith, known on Facebook as Mohawk Dime was tracked down by Memphis activist Barbara Buress, who called the woman on her Facebook Live.
Dime said she and the alleged kidnapper hooked up and were planning on taking a trip together...She went on to say the man said they could leave the boy with his sister while they're away.
Later on, she found out his "sister" was, in fact, his girlfriend.
via: Facebook"If I knew that I said I wouldn’t have left my baby like that. Ain’t no way I would have left my baby. That’s all I got with mem" said Dime.
She then said the man tried to make her do adult entertainment work for him, and when she refused, abandoned her at the Nashville store."He was like, 'You better get out there and sell some ***' and all that type of stuff. I told him, 'I'm not doing nothing.'"
She told Buress she needed to get back to Nashville for her son.And that Child Protective Services would not allow her to take him. Although, from her most recent Facebook post, it appears the boy is back with her.
We're just glad that the little boy is healthy and is doing well...
For more like this, read on to learn about the 9-year-old boy who made a touching video after being in foster care for 6 years...