Doorbell video shows woman abandon toddler on Texas home’s front steps

Caught on video: Woman leaves toddler on stranger's doorstep

Authorities in Texas say a woman who left a toddler alone on a stranger's doorstep could face charges of felony child endangerment.

It happened about 8 p.m. Wednesday night in Spring, Texas. She carries the boy up to the door by his arm, rings the doorbell and knocks on the door before running away. After several rings and knocks on the door, the woman runs off, hops in her vehicle and speeds away.

Authorities say they managed to find the child's father and the boy was uninjured and appeared to be in good health. The incident lasted less than 30 seconds.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, authorities received a 911 call Wednesday night about a two-year-old being abandoned at the caller's residence.

They said that the youngster appears to be unharmed, and that he is now under Child Protective Services custody.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said abandonment charges are likely for the woman seen in the video, who is not the mother of the 2-year-old. Many people who saw the widely circulated video believed the woman was the child's mother.

MCSO is still investigating. "It was very alarming and very disturbing and my heart was hurting for that child". After being shown the video, the man said he was the boy's father.

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Video taken by the home's security system captured the woman dropping the child off.

Sheriff's officials said the woman is likely in her 20s or 30s, had long hair reaching below her waist and multiple tattoos on her right arm.

Officials said she also left several bags she was carrying.

The boy remains in the custody of the state as the investigation continues.

Spencer said officers initially canvassed the area and knocked on all the doors in the neighborhood searching for the boy's family.

The mom had reportedly asked the friend to drop off the child at his father's house, but she went to the wrong address.

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