The Dept. of Social Services shared this picture of "Little Jane Doe" taken at her foster home with FOX Carolina. (April 5, 2013/SC Dept. of Social Services)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The young girl that was left on a stranger's doorstep in Anderson has been identified, and her parents were arrested, according to deputies.
Chad McBride with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said the parents of "Little Jane Doe" were arrested, and she was identified as 4-year-old Zoe Brown of Marietta, GA.
She was left on the front porch of an Anderson man's Brooke Forest Drive home late Tuesday night. Since then, deputies have been searching across the country for clues to her identity.
The man called 911, and when deputies arrived, they found a handwritten note on the girl's diaper that said, "Call DFAC Please," according to deputies. The man told FOX Carolina Saturday that he hadn't been able to sleep since she was dropped off at this door, and was very happy she was identified and may now find a safe home. Investigators said Zoe had surgical scars that indicated she had some type of cardiovascular surgery previously. They also said Saturday she was very small for her age.
McBride said deputies received a tip from a distant family member Friday afternoon that led to her identification and arrest of her parents, also of Marietta. He said the relative saw the little girl's picture on a TV news broadcast and recognized her, then called authorities.
Zoe's father, 31-year-old Alonzo Brown, was arrested near Anderson and is in custody in Anderson County awaiting a bond hearing. Authorities say Brown was physically present when Zoe Brown was abandoned at the home.
The girl's mother, 37-year-old Tongela McBride, was arrested in Georgia and was extradited to Anderson Tuesday, according to deputies. FOX Carolina pulled the criminal history of both parents in Georgia and South Carolina and found neither of the suspects have a criminal past in this area.
Deputies said both parents now face felony charges of unlawful neglect of a child. Deputies said they would wait to release information about the parents' motive for abandoning the girl in "the best interest of pursuing justice for Zoe."
"The media was instrumental in helping us receive information that ultimately led to identifying Zoe so she can receive proper attention and care that she requires," said Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper.
Investigators continue to search for answers about why the child was dropped off in that particular Anderson neighborhood.
Brown was denied bond at a hearing Saturday afternoon. Judge James Cox said he believes Brown could be a flight risk because he has no family ties to the Upstate area. His next court date is set for May 3. McBride is scheduled to sit before an Anderson County judge for the first time Wednesday morning.
A victim advocate from the ACSO was at the Brown bond hearing and requested that Brown's bond be denied.
"This was a child with severe medical issues left on a stranger's doorstep with no medications, no information or instructions," victim advocate Marlene McClain said. "We consider (Brown) to be a serious threat to the safety of the community."
Deputies said Zoe remains in the care of the foster family with whom she was placed early Wednesday morning.
"As of right now, she's in good health, seems to be interactive with other children at the foster home," said McBride.
Investigators said DSS will provide the girl with any medical treatment that is needed and look for a suitable home for the child.
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