A two-year old girl was found abandoned on May 4, in a stroller in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago.
DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow states that she is in good health and that, “There are no signs of neglect or abuse. We just want to make sure we make an attempt to find her family. We always look to family first.’’
No one has contacted DCFS about the missing child.
The toddler was found not far from the University of Illinois Medical Center five days ago, the man then took her to a local police station and officers contacted DCFS.
According to authorities there was no identification on the child. “Unfortunately, she was found abandoned in the street,” Whitelow said.
The young girl was taken to the UIC medical center where she received a clean bill of health and she is now in the custody of DCFS. No photos or descriptions will be released as the department wishes to be careful about what information they give out.
Illinois’ safe haven law allows parents to leave a child 30 days old or younger at certain locations, including police departments of public and private universities, without fear of prosecution.
While in this case, “the child is beyond the age of relinquishment,” Whitelow emphasized that “people can always ask for assistance.”
Anyone with information on the missing child should call the DCFS hotline at 1-800-252-2873.
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