Mother located after 3-year-old found alone in neighborhood

The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was found alone in a Clayton County neighborhood has been located.

The child, identified only as Kaci, was found in the area of Bimini Drive in Forest Park early Friday morning wearing a pink shirt, gray jeans and purple socks, Clayton County police spokeswoman Officer Marcena Davis said.

Police released the girl’s photo just before 11 a.m., hoping her parents would come forward. 

A 3-year-old girl, identified only as Kaci, was found early Friday morning in the area of Bimini Drive in Forest Park, police said. (Photo: Clayton County Police Department)

Shortly after 12:30 p.m., police reported Kaci’s mother had been found.

According to Davis, the girl was left in the care of a babysitter, and Kaci’s mother called to check on her. That’s when the sitter noticed Kaci was missing.

When a woman woke up to a stranger at her door at 3 a.m., she quickly noticed that the little girl was not wearing shoes. Tina Brown told Channel 2 Action News that Kaci was shivering.

“She just kept saying, ‘Mama, Mama at work, Mama at work,’ because I was asking her, ‘Where you come from baby?’” Brown told the news station.

She said at that point they began knocking on neighbors’ doors. When she couldn’t find the child’s home, she took her back to her house, made her hot chocolate, tucked her in bed and turned on cartoons.

The child was turned over to the custody of the Division of Family and Children Services.

“They will determine whether Kaci can be released back to her mother,” Davis said.

Charges have not been filed in the case, and no other details have been released.

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