Police investigating after baby reportedly abandoned in Charlotte

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Police in the Charlotte area need help identifying this baby girl
Police in the Charlotte area need help identifying this baby girl
Credit: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (WTVD) -- The mother of an baby reportedly abandoned in Charlotte has been identified, Charlotte Police said Friday afternoon, but the baby remains in DSS custody.

The mother was identified as Ya'kesha Monique Patterson, 29. Patterson is charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said a man told authorities a mother abandoned her baby and never returned. The woman is telling police a different story.

Authorities received a call around 7 a.m. Friday to the 1600 block of Remount Road in Charlotte. A male caller said he met the mother around 9 p.m. Thursday while she was walking through the Lakewood Manor complex on Watson Drive.

Police said the mother and the 911 caller, who police say are known to each other, have told police conflicting stories.

While WSOC reporters were on the scene, the mother returned and was obviously distraught. She was upset that her baby has been handed over to the Department of Social Services, so she called 911.

She claimed the man she left her baby with is actually the little girl's uncle.

Police arrived and started talking to her. The situation appears to be a domestic situation, but police are continuing to investigate.