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Police identify baby found abandoned at Memphis Walmart

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A toddler is in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services after she was left alone Sunday inside a Memphis Walmart.

"The child happily is okay," DCS spokesperson Rob Johnson said Monday. "We do know who the child is. We have been in touch with the family."

The baby was found crying and alone Sunday in a shopping cart at the Walmart located at Winchester and 385.  The person who found her not only works at Wal-Mart, but also works for the Department of Child Services.

When the baby was found, under what is called "Code Adam," Wal-Mart went on lock down. Employees tried to find her parents and called the police.  In a news release, Memphis police said, "Officers attempted to locate a parent or guardian but were unsuccessful."

On scene, police officially turned over the case and the baby to DCS.  Johnson said case workers are trying to determine if the baby was intentionally abandoned or accidentally left behind.

"We're trying to figure out the facts of the case," Johnson said. "Trying to figure out what caused this to happen so we know how to proceed."

Ultimately, the Child Protection Investigation Team will meet to discuss this case.  Made up of officials from MPD, DCS, the Child Advocacy Center, and the District Attorney General's Office, the CPIT will decide whether or not to file criminal charges.

Johnson said DCS is investigating where to place the two-year-old permanently.  A juvenile court judge will be involved in that decision.

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