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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A CBS 6 viewer contacted us today to tell us she witnessed a baby walking down the 100 block of West Broad Street, naked, unattended and in high heels on Friday afternoon.

"I couldn't believe it," said Joyce Smith. "I saw a baby out here completely undressed, completely naked wearing high heeled shoes and at first I thought it was a little girl but it was a little boy."

Smith said she and others called police about the baby.

"He could have been hit by a car," said Smith. "Somebody could have picked him up and kept going."

James Mercante with Richmond Police said the child was seen wandering alone on two separate occasions. He said one happened a little after noon and the next happening after 4 p.m.

"The first time the police found the mother and it seemed to be a misunderstanding of some sort," said Mercante.

Mercante said CPS was called, but the second time officers found the mother and realized she was suffering from some sort of medical condition.

"The ambulance was called and she was taken for medical treatment," said Mercante.

Police said the baby is currently being cared for by the father.


  • Ron Melancon

    The parents need to be charged and that is the way we fix the problem of irresponsible parents who have children and simply don’t accept responsibility

  • Becky

    An official police investigation and report seems deliberately vague on the facts when a child
    was obviously in danger. Please don’t hand is over to the long-standing dysfunctions of the
    Richmond DSS. One child died.

  • angel2

    I wonderwhat the mother’s medical condition was. Condition or not, doors and windows should be locked and chained. If the child crawled out of an open window, might be because of no a/c. In that case, a couple of cheap tension rods would work…leave enough room for air, but not enough for child to get through.

  • sw

    All of you need to stop assuming you know what exactly the issue here is and have already condemned these parents. Get over yourselves and stop judging people with little to no evidence of any wrong doing.

  • Kim

    Lol, these people on this site are funny. There isn’t enough info to form an opinion. Stop assuming all the time. This is not all of the story.

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