County Asks for Help in Identifying Abandoned Girl

County workers are asking for the public's help in identifying an abandoned toddler who was left at the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission Downtown on July 21.

The 2-year-old African American girl was discovered at the mission with several photographs in her pocket, said Schuler Sprowles, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

The photographs show the little girl with what appear to be relatives, Sprowles said, in front of a house in "your basic middle-class suburb."

Depicted in the photos are two preteen girls, a woman in her 20s and a middle-aged couple.

"We don't know who these people are," Sprowles said.

The county department is required to make a strong effort to search for the child's family, Schuyler said, but if no one steps forward, the girl, who he says is in excellent condition, would be a candidate for adoption.

Currently, the girl is in a foster home in Carson, Sprowles said.

On Oct. 15, the child's case will be brought before the courts, where a judge will decide if the girl should be placed for adoption.

"We average in the county one to three or four abandonments every month," Schuyler said, but those are usually newborn babies and not toddlers.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the abandoned child to call (213) 351-2878.

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