A 2-year-old boy was abandoned at a thrift store this week, left with nothing but a note and a bag of clothes.
The heartbreaking social media post has left many utterly shocked...
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 today'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.
And as for the most recent update on the little boy?
via: GettySouthaven police department thanked all the citizens who showed concern for the child, and said that "he is well, and being taken care of."