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7-year-old boy abandoned at Nickelsville

Officers responded to homeless campsite in the 2000 block of S. Jackson St to find an abandoned child wandering the grounds.  On September 23rd at approximately 8:30 p.m., the suspect (child’s mother) left her 7- year- old son at the Nickelsville Homeless Camp. 

One of the attendants at the camp called 9-1-1. Officers responded and found the child walking around the campsite.  The child’s clothing was damp from being out in the rain. 

The child did not know where his mother was or when she would be back.  Officers transported the child to the East Precinct.  The child said he had not eaten since breakfast so officers took the child to McDonald’s while they waited for CPS to respond to take custody of the child.