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Facebook post leads to call that IDs abandoned girl

(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
(Source: Phoenix Police Department) (Source: Phoenix Police Department)

A post on the social media website Facebook led to a phone call to Phoenix police that helped them identify a child who was left at a city fire station Wednesday night.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos on Friday morning said an out-of-state friend of the girl's family recognized the abandoned girl after seeing a Facebook post about her.

The friend called police identifying her and her mother, Martos said. He would not say where the friend lived.

Neither the girl's nor the mother's name was being released yet, Martos said.

Martos said police tried to locate the mother Thursday night, but couldn't find her at places where she was thought to be.

The girl was unable to provide police with much information after being left at the station around 8:30 p.m. Thursday by an African-American in his early-to-mid 40s.

"We don't know her exact age. She's been unable to tell us her name or her parents' names," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

The man walked up to the station near 200 E. Roeser Rd. and said the mother was not taking care of her child and then walked away, leaving the girl behind, Martos said.

"There was something to the effect that the mother may have been on drugs," Martos said.

Phoenix police detectives have made every attempt to communicate with the child to no success, Martos said. 

"She will say some words, but it leads us to believe there could be some mental issues perhaps," Martos said.

"This is sad. Whatever parent did this, this is sad," said Laura Buys, who lives nearby.

Residents living near the fire station were bombarded with flyers Thursday as police canvassed the area neighborhoods trying to identify the girl.

Anyone with information about the girl or her mother are asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141.

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