LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The mother of a 5-year-old boy found alone in South Los Angeles has been located in a hospital, authorities said.
Police said the unidentified woman had a “medical emergency” and wandered off. They did not elaborate on what kind of medical emergency it was.
Authorities say the boy was found around 5 a.m. near 73rd Street and Avalon Blvd.
Police said the boy said his name was Anthony or Antonio but could not tell them his last name.
Family members reportedly called authorities after seeing media reports.
Witnesses who found the boy told KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper they believe his mother may have thrown him over the fence.
David Boid said his front gate was locked and the only way he could have gotten into the yard was over a wall.
Boid said his family heard the little boy crying about his head hurting and found him outside wrapped in a towel. Boid’s wife ran to get a warm coat for the child and immediately called 911.
Another witness who said she saw the mother early Monday morning said the she looked out of it and was rambling about family issues before throwing the boy over the wall.
“That’s trauma to him,” Boid said. “He’s going to remember that for the rest of his life.”
During a press conference Monday, LAPD Det. Michael Falvo said the boy was turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and taken to the hospital for a check-up.
Police are still investigating, but said no charges were pending as of Monday night.