FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A woman called police over the holiday weekend and left a message saying she was the mother of a 2-year-old "mystery boy" and wanted officers to find him a good home.
Speaking in Spanish, the woman identified herself as "Xochitl" and the boy as "Jesus Perez Florez," authorities said Tuesday.
The toddler was found about 10:30 p.m. May 18 on a sidewalk in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Bakersfield. Speaking only Spanish, the boy told police his name was "Mateo" and that he has two brothers and a dog.
Officers had been searching for the parents nationwide and in Mexico, where they hoped someone might recognize the boy.
The caller "had some specific information about the boy that we think only the mother would know," said Bakersfield police Sgt. Mitchell Willoughby. "She said she hoped we would find a good home for him … and she talked a little bit about her life."
He declined to comment on what else the woman said. The voicemail message was left Friday night and picked up early Saturday.
In hopes of tracing the woman, police scoured databases of birth certificates and county Child Protective Services records, Willoughby said.
"We're just hoping she will call back," he said. "We just want to know more about her reasons for leaving this child."
The boy, who has closely cropped hair and brown eyes, was wearing new clothes and appeared healthy when he was found, police said. He remained in foster care.
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