Boy Abandoned At Walmart – A two-year-old Guatemalan boy was left abandoned at a Walmart in Frankfort, Indiana on Friday, with a note in his backpack. Police are searching for clues to his identity and are trying to locate the boy’s parents. The boy’s name is Martin, and was found at the Frankfort Indiana Walmart Friday in the fabric section carrying a backpack. Inside the boy’s backpack Frankfort police discovered clothes and a note written in Spanish.
The note, said to be written by the mother, said her husband had left her and she had no place for the boy to live, and no means to feed him. “They’re asking he be taken care of and she was no longer able to care for the child and she was leaving the area,” said Frankfort police detective Jeff Ward.
Child Protective Services said parents of older children like Martin need to ask for help, not abandon their child in a public place like Walmart where he could be abducted. Indiana’s baby Safe Haven law does allow parents to leave children less than 30 days old with an emergency medical provider like a hospital or fire department with no questions asked and no consequences. But, “Not all families are covered by the Safe Haven. That only really counts for brand new infants,” said Tippecanoe County Child Protective Services Director Angela Smith Grossman.
Currently, Martin is with a foster family in Clinton County, but police continue to search for his family. The Frankfort Indiana Walmart will review surveillance tapes to see if the person who left the boy can be identified. Child Protect Services asks anyone with information about Martin call 800-800-5556.
Spanish-speaking or not, financially desperate or not, are parents really this crazy, to just abandon this boy like a dirty old shoe?!