The father of a toddler who was abandoned in a cardboard box and left in an unoccupied house in Montrose, Chaguanas, on Thursday walked into the Chaguanas Police Station and was reunited with his son.
The toddler is said to be in good health and currently at his father’s home.
A senior police officer at the Central Division told the T&T Guardian that the father said he left his son in the care of a close female relative earlier that day.
The officer said that it is believed that the boy was then left in the care of a friend of the close female relative as she had to “go out.”
“It is our information that it may have been that friend that may have abandoned the child. We are in the process of looking for the close female relative and the friend that she would have left him with,” the senior police officer said.
On Thursday, at about 4 pm, a toddler, aged three, was found abandoned in a cardboard box in an unoccupied house opposite Dollar Value Supermarket in Montrose, Chaguanas.
The boy, who was wearing a green vest and grey short pants, was rescued by patrolling soldiers. The soldiers, police said, heard the child’s cries coming from the unoccupied building.
The senior police officer said that they have alerted the Child Protection Unit (CPU) who has launched an investigation.