Cops look for parents of kid wandering barefoot in dirty diaper in Florida, people come forward to 'adopt him'
According to officers from the Miramar Police Department, the child was found close to the 1860 block of SW 68th Avenue on Sunday, July 26, morning
A toddler, believed to be around two or three years old, had been found wandering around in a Florida neighborhood wearing a soiled diaper and no shoes over the weekend. The child has still not been claimed by any parent or guardian, police said on Monday, July 27, morning. According to officers from the Miramar Police Department, the child was found close to the 1860 block of SW 68th Avenue on Sunday, July 26, morning. The authorities have been desperately trying to look for the child's parents. The police added that the officers have even been going door-to-door to locate someone who knows who the toddler's parents are.
According to WPLG, a woman discovered the toddler and went over to her neighbor's house. Lori Rodriguez had thought that her neighbor may possibly know who the toddler belonged to. Rodriguez said, "We walked around and looked to see if anyone was nearby. None of us have ever seen the baby before." She took the child in, changed his diaper, and then called local police. She revealed that besides having a dirty diaper, the toddler seemed like he was in good health.
The police had given an update on the matter on Monday morning and had said, "His family has NOT been located. Officers spent hours canvassing the area, knocking on doors, speaking w/ neighbors." "No one recognizes the child," the police added. The child is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services as the authorities continue to investigate. Rodriguez revealed, "The police knocked on every single door. I would say they were here almost two hours." The Miramar Police also released a post on Twitter where they said they may have identified the mother but cannot confirm.
"Detectives are actively searching for Leila Cavett, who may be the mother of the child found yesterday," the post read. "We are concerned for her safety and well-being. She was last seen driving a white Chevy 3500 (mid-to-late 90s model), with a maroon or red tailgate," it continued. Miramar police had sent out a status update and had said, "We are very concerned considering we are approaching 12 hours since the child was located." The police also shared how no one has come forward yet with the child being cared for by a foster parent.
Many social media users took to commenting on the post and expressing their concerns. One such user shared, "If you need a foster parent we would love to do it. I'm in shock no one has claimed him." Another wrote, "I’m sure many people have reached out. But I will happily adopt him if he needs a good home." A third added, "At this point, unless there was something that happens to the family, not sure we should even be looking for them. He's an adorable kid and as a parent, I would freak out if my kids out of site for even 5 seconds."
Anyone with information about his identity or his parent's or guardian’s identity is urged to contact the Miramar Police Department at (954) 602-4000.