MIAMI (AP) — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding the parents of a young girl who was left with an off-duty police officer at a Miami hospital.
with the man at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, Miami police officials said. She told the man she had to go to the restroom, but she never came back fro the child.
“She hands off the child to this unknown man,” spokeswoman Kaina Fallat told news outlets. “Luckily he was a police officer and what was going through his mind was he went into police mode.”
Fallat said the officer immediately called for help when he realized the woman wasn't returning for her.
The Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of the girl, Fallat said. Police have viewed hospital surveillance video and are looking for the child's parents.
Officials said a family member has come forward and officials are working to verify the relationship.
“We want to know what her mental state was,” Fallat said. “We want to know what she was thinking when she was handing off her child to this unknown man.”