MILWAUKEE -- An investigation is underway after a child was abandoned near Sherman and Hampton -- found early Tuesday morning, July 3. Milwaukee police have identified the boy's parents, however, questions remain as to why the baby was left alone in the first place.
Police on Tuesday afternoon released a photo of Tammy Mann, 23, who police are calling a person of interest in the case. Police are looking for her.
Lakisha Stinson said she woke up to a loud knock on her door. When she got up to answer it, no one was there. Then she looked down and saw the crying baby.
"I thought it was a prank," said Stinson.
Stinson said she couldn't believe her eyes when the baby boy showed up on her doorstep alone at 2:30 a.m.
"He didn't have on no clothes. He just had on a Pamper. The Pamper bag was on the steps with him along with the car seat -- but no food, no parent or nobody with him, so I brung [sic] him into my home and tried to keep him safe and warm until somebody came looking for him, but nobody showed up after two or three hours. I called the police," said Stinson.
Police said the child was unharmed, estimated to be between four to six months old. Neighbors who heard the news demanded answers.
"Why would a baby just be sitting on a corner around 2:30 in the morning? Has my mind wondering, is people doing bad things out here?" said Britney Gardner.
"I'm not out at 2:00 in the morning, so just imagine a baby who has no protection. Helpless," said Eric Young.
Stinson said she's relieved the little boy ended up in her care. As a mother of two children, she knew how to clothe and comfort him until officers arrived.
"He embraced me right away -- like he just wanted to be held. He was hungry. He was cold, so I'm blessed that I was the one that they set him on steps. He could have set him on anybody else's steps and they wouldn't have never saw him again," said Stinson.
Police have not released details about why the baby was abandoned or who is responsible.
Child Protective Services officials are working with the Milwaukee Police Department to ensure the infant is safe.
Anyone with information is asked to please call the Milwaukee Police Department, Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7405.