Shenade Irene Dixon. Photo courtesy Long Beach Police Department.
Shenade Irene Dixon. Photo courtesy Long Beach Police Department.

Story updated at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 31, 2014

The 23-year-old mother of two young boys who were found unattended at a Long Beach intersection was located Friday and later arrested when detectives determined she “endangered and abandoned her children,” police said.

The boys, about 1 and 2 years old, were found at 8:45 a.m. Thursday by a passer-by. The Long Beach Police Department announced just after 2 this afternoon that 23-year-old Shenae Irene Dixon, the children’s mother, had been found in good health and would be interviewed by detectives.

Dixon was located at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Alameda Street in Los Angeles after someone saw her image in newscasts and called authorities, police said.

Deputies from the sheriff’s Century Station took her into custody and after she was questioned by Long Beach police detectives concerning her whereabouts for the past 24 hours, investigators were led to believe Dixon “had endangered and abandoned her children,” according to a police statement.

No additional details about the case would be released to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, police said.

A relative of the boys who recognized them from news reports had earlier provided police with the mother’s identity, according to the LBPD, which circulated images of the woman in the hope of locating her.

The younger boy was wearing just a T-shirt and diaper, while the 2-year- old was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and sandals when they were found. Both appeared to be in good health and were turned over to the county’s Department of Children and Family Services, police said.

—City News Service

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