"Unfit" Mom Hospitalized After 5-Year-Old Left Crying Alone

The boy appeared to be trapped behind a fence when someone discovered him

By Brandon Lowrey and Gadi Schwartz
|  Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 12:41 PM PDT
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Police have found the mother of a 5-year-old boy discovered wandering the streets in South Los Angeles alone on Monday. But many questions remain unanswered about how, exactly, the boy became lost and alone. Gadi Schwartz reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Oct. 7, 2013.

Police have found the mother of a 5-year-old boy discovered wandering the streets in South Los Angeles alone on Monday. But many questions remain unanswered about how, exactly, the boy became lost and alone. Gadi Schwartz reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Oct. 7, 2013.

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Five Year-Old Boy Found Alone

Police are asking for the public's health to help find the family of a five year-old boy who was found wandering by himself on Monday. Gadi Schwartz reported from South Los Angeles for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7, 2013.
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Police have found the mother of a 5-year-old boy discovered alone and afraid in a South Los Angeles yard on Monday.

The boy, named Anthony or Antonio, was "quiet" and scared, and told police that his mother left on a bus. He was wearing an "Angry Birds" T-shirt and jeans when he was found, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.

Earlier reports suggested the boy was wandering the streets by himself, but the people who found the boy said he was trapped behind a fence in a South LA yard.

The boy may have been thrown over a wall into the yard, abandoned with only his clothes and a towel, police said.

"I just picked him up and held onto him like he was one of my own," said Loretta Boyd, one of those who found the boy. "He kept saying, 'My head is hurting, my head is hurting.'"

He was crying for his mother so hard, he began to vomit.

"We didn't know what was going on," said David Boyd, who helped find the boy.

The mother, who may have mental health issues, was taken to the hospital for some type of medical emergency, and police deemed her not fit to care for herself or for the child. The Department of Child and Family Services took custody of the boy, who speaks Spanish, and some English, LAPD officials said.

Anyone with information can contact the LAPD's 77th Street Community Police Station at 213-485-4164.

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