Abandoned Toddler Identified: Parents of 'Little Jane Doe' Likely in Trouble

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 11:38 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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An abandoned toddler found on a South Carolina resident's doorstep last week has been identified after nearly 2 million people reposted photos of "little Jane Doe" on Facebook. The girl's parents now face criminal charges.

Zoe Brown, 4, of Marietta, Ga., was placed with a foster family Wednesday after she turned up on a stranger's doorstep Tuesday night in Anderson, S.C. Roy Campbell, the home's owner, said he went to answer the doorbell and found Brown, the abandoned toddler in a stroller. No one else was around.

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"I heard the neighbor's dogs barking so I went around the back of the house to see if they might have gone there," Campbell told the Anderson Independent Mail. "When I didn't see anyone, I went back to the front door and noticed that there was a baby in the stroller."

The girl wore a shirt that read, "Auntie Loves Me" and there was a note on her diaper, which said "Call DFAC" or the Department of Family and Child Services, according to ABC News. Campbell immediately called the police, and Brown was taken to the hospital, where she was found to be in good health.

Although Brown is 4 years old, she was wearing clothes fit for a 24-month-old, and had scars on her neck and back that are consistent with past heart surgery, Chad McBride, public information officer for the Anderson County Sherriff's Office, told ABC News.

The story of the abandoned toddler quickly captured nationwide attention, with hundreds of thousands of Facebook posts circulating online with Brown's photo. She was identified Friday after deputies received an anonymous tip.

Brown's parents were also identified as Alonzo Brown, 31, and Tongela Denise McBride, 37 (unrelated to Chad McBride of the Sherriff's Office). Police arrested the pair Friday on charges of unlawful neglect of a child.

Alonzo Brown was denied bail Saturday.

"This is a serious crime where a minor child with very severe medical issues was left abandoned without medication and without information, without instructions, on a stranger's doorstep," Marlene McClain, director of victim services for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, said during the arraignment. "We consider a person who would do that a serious threat to the safety of our community."

The girl's mother, who was arrested in Georgia, is being extradited to Anderson County and is expected to appear in court this week.

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