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Philadelphia mother abandons 18-month-old in Kensington

May 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A North Philadelphia mother left her little girl with a stranger in Kensington early Saturday morning. Philadelphia police are currently investigating the situation.

Police report that the mother left the girl around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Additionally, the incident occurred in the McPherson Square area of Kensington. Specifically, Philadelphia Police Department Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said this happened near the 3100 block of E Street.

Oddly, the woman asked the unknown stranger to watch her young girl for a brief period of time. However, the woman did not return. First, the unidentified stranger searched for the mother in a nearby park. Then, when the person couldn’t locate her, they ultimately called the police.

Reports soon identified the stranger as a man who noticed the girl was in poor condition. The child had blood on her face. The man said of the incident, “I was shocked, embarrassed. I had my own kid, and I didn’t want him to experience that.”

Kinebrew further stated that the 18-month-old appeared to have non-life threatening lacerations on her forehead. Paramedics treated the little girl for minor injuries.

The girl is currently safe with other family members.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia police eventually found the girl’s mother on Sunday afternoon. They questioned her, then released her shortly after.

Currently, the mother will not be charged.

Officers suspect the mother may have been attempting Safe Haven. This is a policy that allows parents to abandon their newborn children in safe settings. However, this child was too old and the location was not correct for the law to work.

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