A viral video of a woman abandoning a toddler on the doorstep of a home in Spring, Texas, had police desperate to find answers. Now that the child has been returned to his family, the bizarre reason why he was left has finally been revealed.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, abandonment charges will likely be pressed against the woman, who is not the mother of the child, reported KXXV.
Police were notified on Wednesday night when a homeowner found the 2-year-old standing alone on her doorstep. The homeowner did not recognize the child or the woman seen in the doorbell surveillance video.
In the video, the woman, who has still not been found, runs up to the door with the boy in her arm. She then rings the doorbell, knocks several times, and drives away, leaving the child at the home.
The boy is uninjured and appears to be in good health, the sheriff's office said. Child Protective Services took custody of the child and brought him to a foster family.
On Thursday, a man in the neighborhood was shown the video and said he was the boy's father.
Detectives arrived to speak with the father, who said the boy's mother sent him a text saying a friend would drop him off in the early afternoon on Wednesday. When the child did not show up, the father assumed the plans had changed so he left his home for the evening.
According to police, the mother has been identified, as well as the woman in the video. The mother said she was in the hospital on Wednesday and asked her friend to drop the boy off.
The woman dropped off the child around 8:40 p.m. after the father left his home; however, the woman took the boy to the wrong house. Instead of waiting until someone answered the door, she drove away in her car and left the child in danger.
The district attorney's office is looking into child abandonment charges for the woman in the video. Child abandonment is a third-degree felony.
Detectives are working with CPS to reunite the boy with the family.
The sheriff's office will continue to investigate.
(Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)