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Mother arrested for abandoning toddler in stroller on side of LA street

Targie Alexandre, 24, has been arrested for child endangerment

Amelia Neath
Friday 15 September 2023 15:34 BST
The abandoned baby was found by a passerby who saw the infant alone in a stroller
The abandoned baby was found by a passerby who saw the infant alone in a stroller (OnScene.TV)

A mother has been arrested after allegedly abandoning her young child on the side of a California street.

Early Tuesday morning — in the middle of the night at 2.50am — a person walking in Larchmont Village in Central Los Angeles found a 3-year-old girl alone inside a stroller.

The youngster, found on the 100 block of North Larchmont Boulevard, was taken to hospital to be examined. She was found to be in good health.

The police searched the stroller and found an identification card belonging to Targie Alexandre, 24.

After this, police were able to locate the father of the child, but Ms Alexandre’s location was unknown.

"We’ve had a lot of resources devoted to this over the past day, from officers, detectives, we’ve had our bloodhounds out there," said Lt. Brian Churchill of the Los Angeles Police Department. "We’ve had no luck finding the mother so we’re asking for the public’s help right now."

However, Ms Alexandre was arrested on Wednesday night after police were waiting for her at her workplace, police said.

She has been charged with a felony of child endangerment and is being held on $105,000 bail.

Los Angeles Police Department (Tagie Alexandre was arrested when she arrived at her workplace)

The felony punishment for child endangerment is up to six years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Earlier this year, a Georgia woman was arrested for the 2019 abandonment of her newborn baby after it was found alive in a plastic bag. The mother, Karima Jiwani, was charged with criminal intent to commit murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, aggravated assault and reckless abandonment.

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