Abandoned Toddler Crying In Mall Discovered By Police, Then It Dawns On Them

Being abandoned in a shopping mall is every child’s worst nightmare. Shocking video footage from an unnamed shopping center in Rio de Janeiro shows a young boy being purposefully left behind by a man and woman. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) camera capture the distressing scene as the young, unnamed child quickly becomes distraught and attempts to follow the male out of the building. However, in the claustrophobic maze of shops and milling people, the child quickly becomes lost. In a fortunate turn of events, concerned bystanders were able to find a security officer and inform him of the situation.

Further details of the situation remain unclear. However, it is alleged that the man and woman are the child’s parents and were spotted arguing shortly before the incident. Police officials have taken the male into custody and are still searching for the female from the video. Rio de Janeiro Police Department released a statement, emphasizing that the male “says he thought the child had stayed with the mom and as he didn’t look back he wasn’t aware the mom had gone off in the opposite direction and the youngster had been left alone”. Abandoned children are a huge problem across South America, particularly in Brazil where 13 million children are believed to live on the streets. These children are often malnourished, forced into petty theft or treated like vermin by ordinary people and local police.

Data from the United Nations estimates that worldwide, there are approximately 400 million children living rough, without a home. The video from the Brazilian shopping center has gathered massive attention online with many viewers commenting on the tragic story with one respondent saying: “What a heartbreaking story, thank goodness someone was there to stop him wandering off alone. Both of the (so-called) adults should be locked up and the poor child adopted by someone who would appreciate the gift of having a child to care for”. The incident has increased international and domestic pressure on Brazil to implement measures safeguarding abandoned children and preventing further cases of abandonment.

Source: AWM
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