A 2-year-old was abandoned at a Goodwill drop-off. Two suspects have been charged with kidnapping, and the mother’s story is disturbing.

A disturbing story about a 2-year-old boy abandoned at a Goodwill drop-off location grew much worse after police announced two arrests in the story and released more details about the incident.

The two year-old was abandoned on Monday morning in Southaven, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

Workers at the Goodwill said he was in good spirits and playing with toys after a man left him there with a plastic bag with clothing, food, and a note that read, “child abandoned…no phone number for mom.”

Southaven police were seeking the public’s help to identify the man, a woman, and a second man seen in his vehicle in their investigation.

The mother denies abandonment

According to WREG-TV, a woman named Antoinette Smith later claimed to be the boy’s mother. She said that his name was Sergio and denied ever abandoning the child. Smith said that she had been tricked by a man she claimed was trying to force her to prostitute herself for his financial benefit.

She claimed that she had met with a male acquaintance on Sunday and went with him to Nashville. She left her son with the man’s sister in Memphis.

Smith said that the man later told her that the woman they left her son with was his girlfriend and not his sister. That’s when he allegedly tried to force her to prostitute herself for him.

“If I knew that I said I wouldn’t have left my baby like that. Ain’t no way I would have left my baby. That’s all I got with me,” said Smith in an interview with a Memphis activist.

Smith claimed that he abandoned her at a store and demanded that she prostitute herself, but that she refused.

Arrests made

The FBI arrested Turliscea Turner and Jeremy Fitzgerald and charged them with kidnapping. Fitzgerald has been identified as the man who allegedly went to Memphis with Smith to try to force her to prostitute herself, according to WREG. He is also accused of calling the boy’s aunt and allegedly trying to ransom the child for money.

Police said that they captured Fitzgerald after he was spotted in Memphis. They said he attempted to flee in a vehicle but crashed and was taken into custody. They then found Turner in a nearby grocery store in the same clothing she was wearing in the surveillance video of the abandonment.

Sergio remained in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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3 thoughts on “A 2-year-old was abandoned at a Goodwill drop-off. Two suspects have been charged with kidnapping, and the mother’s story is disturbing.

  1. This an example of the great culture of negro’s in the US who have been repressed so much and discriminated against so badly? Seems to happen frequently. Has BLM demanded they be given this little boy back with an apology yet?

  2. I personally do not believe the mothers story. Seams she did not know the people involved so why risk her child by leaving him with perfect strangers? Just dose not add up. Something is definately amiss.

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