North St. Lucie County child identified, grandmother located
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s investigators now know the identity of the 2-year-old boy left at the home of a Sheraton Plaza man this morning, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“At the request of the Florida Department of Children and Families, we are not releasing the name of the child or his grandmother,” Sheriff Mascara said tonight.
The boy’s identity and that of his grandmother emerged from tips to Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers after the news media presented the story early this evening, Sheriff Mascara said.
“I want to thank those who were moved by news media accounts of the incident and took the time to call Crime Stoppers as we had requested,” the Sheriff said.
Detectives have now identified several family members as well.
“The Department of Children and Families has informed us that they are investigating to verify the details of what happened to the child today,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Our detectives are continuing their investigation as well.”
As of this evening, the Department of Children and Families retained jurisdiction over the child pending the outcome of its investigation.
This morning, in the Sheraton Plaza neighborhood north of Fort Pierce, two women dropped off a 2-year-old boy at home of Randall Hudson, of 5000 El Nueva. Hudson was awakened from a nap by the woman who dropped the boy off. She then went to a waiting car and drove away in the company of another woman.
She told Hudson she had “too much to do,” left the child with Hudson, got back in the car and left with the other woman in the car, Hudson said.
Hudson said several women he is related to live at his home but were not home at the time the child was dropped off. He thought at first the strangers had made arrangements with one of the women in the home to take the child temporarily. He put the child on the couch to take a nap.
When the three other women who live at the home got there, none knew anything about the boy and called 9-1-1.
Deputies canvassed the neighborhood but could find no one who knew anything about the child. They notified the Florida Department of Children and Families, which took the child into the agency’s care.
Sheriff Mascara then asked anyone with information about the situation to call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers. Callers identified the child and family members within two hours of the Sheriff’s appeal to the public after news media carried the story.
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