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Anderson Co. Deputies No Closer to Identifying Abandoned Toddler

(WSPA-TV) Investigators are still trying to gather information on an abandoned toddler.

Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office say someone rang the doorbell of a home on Brook Forest Drive late Tuesday night. When the homeowner answered the door, he found a toddler sitting alone in a stroller.

Investigators haven't yet figured out the toddler's name, exact age, where she came from and who left her.

Investigators have sent her picture to law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina in the hopes of someone recognizing her.

"She could be from the other side of the country. Hopefully, it is just our message hasn't reached out to the right person yet," said Anderson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Chad McBride.

While child abandonment cases like this are extremely rare, McBride says they can also be very difficult to solve

Investigators had the child examined by doctors for a second time Thursday. The toddler who is believed to be around two to three-years-old has scars on her neck and chest that could be a result of open-heart surgery.

Investigators are working to find medical records that could lead them to information about the child and her parents.

As investigator look for clues, child safety advocates hope this case will bring awareness to parents that help is always available.

"The easiest way for parents to get that help is to do one of two things: they can call 2-1-1 which is United Way's helpline in South Carolina. They also can call 1-800-4-A-CHILD, a national resource for parents that are stressed out," says Laurie Rovin, executive director of Pendleton Place.

Posted: April 3, 2013

A toddler was dropped off on the porch of an Anderson County home late Tuesday night.

Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office say someone rang the doorbell of the home on Brook Forest Drive around 11:30 p.m.  When the man inside opened the door, there was no one there except a child in a stroller.

Captain Garland Major tells 7 On Your Side there was a note attached, stating "Call DFAC Please."  The note was handwritten on a diaper.

"I've been in law enforcement in Anderson for 25 years and this is the first case I've ever had anything to do with where they just drop a child off," he explains.

The girl is described as being between a 2 to 3-year-old with braided hair and pierced ears.  She was dressed in a white shirt with yellow sleeves with the words "Auntie Loves Me" on the front.  The toddler also had on gray pants with a floral design, and a pink jacket and stocking cap with an image of Dora the Explorer.

She was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and taken to the hospital where she was found to be in good health.

A scar was noticed on her neck and chest consistent with heart surgery.

Investigators have contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as other state agencies in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

She is currently with a foster family.

Keep checking back for the latest updates on this story.

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