Shocking video shows moment woman abandons toddler on stranger's doorstep


On Wednesday night, surveillance camera at a home in Spring, Texas, captured a woman carrying a child by the arm, setting him down on the front steps and frantically ringing the doorbell.

She flees, jumps into a vehicle and drives off, leaving the boy standing at the door.

The owner of the home found the two-year-old boy standing on her stoop and called 911. He added they initially didn't know the father lived next door because the man wasn't home when police combed the area. "When the child did not show up at the residence, the father assumed plans had changed for the mother and left the home".

The child, the child's father and the woman in the video have all been identified but deputies are still trying to get in contact with the woman in the video to question her about the incident, according to Spencer. According to deputies, she asked her friend to take the child to his father's house. Officials say the mother had been in the hospital during the incident and was released on Thursday morning.

He told Inside Edition his son's name is Royal Prince Simmons, and the woman who left the boy on the doorstep was a friend of the child's mom.

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The woman seen in the surveillance video dropped the little boy off at the wrong home. Spencer, who is a father, said the video was disturbing to watch.

The mother was being interviewed by police on Thursday, authorities said, but said she was not who left the child at the doorstep.

Sheriff's officials said the woman is likely in her 20s or 30s, had long hair reaching below her waist and multiple tattoos on her right arm.

Afterwards, the boy was taken into protective custody but within several hours, tips from the public identified him. At this point the identity of the suspect and the child are unknown.

Lieutenant Scott Spencer, of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, said the boy's father was told by the mother via text that the child would be dropped off at his house on Wednesday afternoon.