Texas Woman Leaves 2-Year-Old Boy on Stranger's Doorstep

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Footage captured by the home's surveillance cameras shows a woman running to the residence while carrying the child by the arm, before ringing the doorbell a few times and knocking on the door. After several rings and knocks on the door, the woman runs off, hops in her auto and speeds away.

A woman inside the home told police when she opened the door, she found the child by himself.

Deputies say the woman in the video was not the 2-year-old's mother.

The boy's father lives next door to the home in the surveillance video.

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Child Protective Services has since taken custody of the toddler and placed him in a foster home amid the ongoing investigation.

The mom had reportedly asked the friend to drop off the child at his father's house, but she went to the wrong address. Authorities say it will be up to CPS on if the child will be returned to his parents.

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The sheriff's department also posted the 23-second surveillance video on Facebook, hoping someone would be able to identify the woman or boy.

Deputies said they were eventually able to find the boy's father and are now investigating. The father immediately recognized the child as his own, and authorities were called.

They said that the youngster appears to be unharmed, and that he is now under Child Protective Services custody.

Authorities say the woman appears to be her in her mid-20s to early 30s with multiple tattoos on her right arm.

The child's mother is in the hospital.

Investigators are now seeking help identifying the child's family.

Child Protective Services will ultimately decide who will have custody of the child. The father told detectives that when the child hadn't arrived in the afternoon, he assumed plans changed and left for the evening. The female in the video then left location without verifying anyone was home or who she was releasing the child too. She faces a child abandonment charge, which is a third-degree felony.

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