PHILADELPHIA, PA – A three-month-old infant was found deserted in a Walmart Superstore in Philadelphia on Thursday night, according to the Philadelphia Police. Authorities report the baby girl was left behind by two men and a woman who were confronted by store security on suspicion of shoplifting. Upon interception by the security personnel, the three suspects fled the location, leaving the infant girl behind.
Philadelphia police were alerted to the incident by Walmart security at approximately 11 p.m. The infant was promptly transported to the Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital by paramedics from the Philadelphia Fire Department. Medical evaluations reported the baby was in “good” condition, as shared by Philadelphia police.
The child was subsequently taken into the custody of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.
Philadelphia Police disclosed to The Philadelphia Inquirer that they believe the infant’s parents have been identified and contacted. Initial speculations suggest the parents of the child were not part of the alleged shoplifting. An anonymous source inside law enforcement informed The Philadelphia Inquirer that some suspects might not be involved in the theft incident.
Currently, the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) is leading the investigation into the incident, and no charges have been filed up to the point of reporting.
The concerned police have requested anyone with useful information about this incident to reach out to the Special Victims Unit to message their tip anonymously via the PPD’s tip line.
The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Human Services didn’t respond to a request to comment on the matter.