A homeless man found a toddler abandoned with only a plastic bag of diapers behind the dumpster of a gas station early Thursday morning in College Park. And police hours later said they have identified the child's mother, but were still trying to find her.
The child’s mother has been identified as 27-year-old Destiny Walker, according to College Park police. They did not say where the woman was from, only that they have not been able to find her.
The investigation began around 6 a.m. when officers were dispatched to the Waffle House at 4995 Old National Hwy. after getting a report of an abandoned child, according to the College Park police. Investigators said the child was found by a homeless man who flagged down a teenage driver and requested her help.
The child, who appears to be between the ages of 1 and 2, was found behind the dumpster at the Valero gas station at 5022 Old National Hwy. with only the plastic bag with diapers, police spokesman Master Sergeant Jeffrey Hightower said. The teenager then took the child to the Waffle House and fed him, Hightower said. She then called police and reported the incident.
Officers canvassed the area, searching for clues and witnesses who can help them determine who left the child. It’s unclear how long the child was wandering in the area, but officers said he appears to be in good health. He has since been turned over to the care of the state Department of Family and Children Services, police said.
Anyone with information on the child or his parents or guardians is asked to please contact College Park police Det. Angie Clements at (678) 300-4358.