DSS seeks help in identifying girl, 3

Father left her last week in city, never returned

May 18, 2004|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A 3-year-old girl who had been living with her father in a Baltimore warehouse was abandoned by him last week, prompting the city Department of Social Services to hold a news conference yesterday asking for help identifying the girl and her parents.

The child, whose name is Courtney, says she is from Brooklyn, N.Y.

She has been in foster care since her father left her with a stranger in Baltimore on May 5, said Sue Fitzsimmons, a spokeswoman for the department.

"We want to do everything we can to find out who she is," Fitzsimmons said. "We hope someone is looking for her."

The girl's father dropped her off with a stranger at an unknown location in Baltimore and said he was leaving to cash a money order, Fitzsimmons said.

He never returned, and the stranger called police.

Fitzsimmons said that if Courtney's relatives do not come forward to claim her, she will be permanently placed with a family in Baltimore.

At yesterday's news conference, Courtney walked toward the cameras with her hair in neat braids and wearing a black-and-white summer outfit.

She played with a few toys and did not want to answer questions from reporters.

When one of them asked her a question, large tears began to drop down her face.

"I want my mommy," she cried.

With that, Fitzsimmons picked her up, and the news conference ended.

Anyone with information about Courtney or her family is urged to call the Department of Social Services at 410-361-2235.

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