After 24 hours of fruitless searching, including two hours spent knocking on doors near where the 2-year-old was found barefoot and with a soiled diaper, police said Monday they may know who his mother is – but she appears to be missing.
“Detectives are actively searching for Leila Cavett, who may be the mother of the child found yesterday,” Miramar police said on Facebook Monday evening. “We are concerned for her safety and well-being.”
The nonprofit National Center for Missing and Endangered Inc. also has posted an alert.
Last seen, Cavett was driving a white, mid-to-late-‘90s model Chevy 3500, with a maroon or red tailgate and a ‘Baby on Board’ sign on the passenger window, police said, asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact the Miramar Police Department.
The incident began unfolding Sunday morning, when Ebony Williams found the boy with long, honey-brown curls roaming the parking lot of her apartment complex, wearing nothing but the diaper and a T-shirt, she told WPLG-TV on Monday afternoon.
“I asked him, you know, ‘Where is your mommy?’ And he kind of just pointed, kind of like everywhere,” she said. “And I reached out my hand, and he grabbed my hand and I just walked around the complex hoping that I would find somebody looking for him.”
Another neighbor, Lori Rodriguez, told WPLG she changed his diaper after Williams approached her, and the two called 911.
Too young to give his name or age, the boy has been turned over to the Florida Department of Children and Families on Sunday, WPLG reported.
On Monday, Miramar police tweeted out a photo of the boy, later following up again to ask the public’s help in finding his parents, or any relatives.
Need to Identify: This little boy was found wandering alone, near the 1860 block of SW 68th Ave. If you know who he is or have information about his parents/guardians, please call us at 954-602-4000 (press 0 for communications). pic.twitter.com/vWiPFtynTy
— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) July 26, 2020
“Numerous tips have been received. We are looking into them further. Once we have conclusively confirmed the child’s identity, we will post an update,” police said on Twitter. “We want to thank the community for their outpouring of love and support for this little boy. Many have written to donate diapers or welcome him into your home. We sincerely appreciate all offers. He is currently being cared for by a foster parent and has been provided with the necessary items. The best assistance provided has been sharing his pic & helping us receive tips. Thank you!”
“All of my friends, we are all still waiting for the Amber Alert to say that somebody was looking for this baby,” Williams told WPLG. “It’s heartbreaking because nobody is looking.”