LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Authorities are seeking the public’s help in identifying a young boy who was found alone at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night.
The boy was discovered at around 7 p.m. by Los Angeles Police Transit officers in front of Cafe Crepe and did not initially respond to verbal contact. He was turned over to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services at around 10 p.m. No family members or guardians have come forward to identify him.
Adrienne Garrett, a supervisor at Cafe Crepe, says the boy was initially sitting with a woman at a table outside the eatery for about 30 minutes. Garrett said she later spotted the woman wandering around Union Station without the boy. When she asked her about him, the woman walked out of the station.
“He was sitting eating a pretzel for about 30 minutes or so, and then we noticed that the woman that he was with kind of just wandered off,” Garrett said. “And when we did find her back in this area again, we tried to notify her, ‘like, hey, this child I’m hoping is yours is here,’ but she literally walked right out the door.”
Police initially reported that the boy was possibly deaf. However, LAPD Capt. Mark Reina later clarified on Twitter that the department had a sign language interpreter meet with the boy and determined that he was, in fact, not deaf. He may, however, be autistic.
“He responds to the reward system,” Christine Stout with LAPD told CBS2. “If you ask him a question and give him a high-five he’ll do what you ask. He hopped right into his car seat so he does seem to be well-behaved… he’s just alone.”
There is one security camera inside the cafe which points at the counter, but no other cameras within the station itself.
The boy is described as black and between 6 and 8 years of age. He is about 3-foot-5-inches tall and weighs around 60 pounds. Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call police at 213-922-1410 or 877-527-3247.