Los Angeles Canton Sheriff’s Department detectives said Monday they appetite to catechism a man apparent on aegis camera footage entering, again abrogation a few account later, the bath of the Walmart in Lakewood area a 1-year-old boy was afterwards begin alone on the floor.
The boy was apparent at the abundance on Oct. 8 at about 11:45 a.m. A man arcade notified advisers afterwards award the babyish in a stall, said Lt. Todd Deeds.
Deeds said the babyish was healthy.
“I’m blessed to say the babyish is accomplishing OK,” Deeds said. “He’s actuality able-bodied taken affliction of, and he’s safe.”
However, detectives accept so far been clumsy to analyze the adolescent or his family.
In the anniversary aback he was found, no one has stepped advanced to affirmation the baby. And there accept been no contempo letters in L.A. Canton or added adjacent counties of a missing babyish in the arena afresh analogous the boy’s description, Deeds said.
The babyish was declared as actuality African-American, amid 12 and 15 months old, belief about 20 pounds, and with atramentous beard and amber eyes.
Deeds would not say whether the babyish was in the aegis of the Sheriff’s Department or canton amusing workers.
A backer from the county’s Department of Children and Ancestors Services said accompaniment acquaintance laws prevented the bureau from discussing whether the adolescent was in its care.
Deeds said detectives watched hours of video and acclimated “process of elimination” to distinct out the man whose photo they appear on Monday. He said no one has been articular as a doubtable in the abandonment of the child, and that detectives aloof appetite to ask the man questions.
Deeds said afterwards watching hours of aegis camera footage, detectives noticed the man’s “unusual behavior.”
Video showed the man parking his agent — a biscuit or gold black 2000-2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo — in the parking lot as far from the store’s access as possible.
When he absolved into the store, he was cutting a haversack that appeared full, Deeds said. The man again absolved anon to the store’s bathroom. Afterwards a few minutes, he came out of the bath and larboard the store, bound walking aback to his car.