The woman believed to be the biological mother of the boy found unattended and apparently abandoned at Union Station was at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Station Thursday afternoon being questioned by detectives.
An LAPD sergeant says he expects she will be arrested and booked for allegedly abandoning or neglecting the child.
The deaf and possibly autistic boy who was found unattended at Union Station on Independence Day was reunited earlier Thursday with a family member that is not his biological mother, according to authorities.
Through all the publicity that surrounded the child’s discovery, that family member stepped forward to identify the boy, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.
Officer Christopher No didn’t know if the person who came forward was a man or a woman, but said detectives were interviewing the family to find out what happened and to try and identify the woman who was with the boy at Union Station.
The unattended child was discovered around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles by LAPD Transit Services Division officers, who were unable to communicate with the tot, and was turned over to the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
“He’s cute. He’s clean. He belongs to somebody,” LAPD Lt. Leonard Perez said earlier. “He obviously didn’t get here by himself.”
The child is deaf but could not communicate with a sign-language interpreter, according to Perez, who said the boy is possibly autistic.
Anyone with information to help identify the woman who was with the boy at Union Station was asked to call the LAPD’s Transit Services Division at (213) 922-1410. Tipsters can also call the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at (877) 527-3247 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.