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Mom of child found behind dumpster not charged at this time

The child was found behind this dumpster. The child was found behind this dumpster.

The mother of a toddler, abandoned behind a dumpster in College Park Thursday morning, turned herself in to police just before 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

College Park police identified Destiny Walker, 27, as the mother.

Walker, along with her sister, arrived at the College Park Police Department. They did not answer any questions from the media.

The police department told CBS46 Thursday evening that Walker will not be charged at this time, and she was captured by a CBS46 crew leaving the police station.

A homeless man found the child, estimated to be around 2-years-old, behind a dumpster at the Valero gas station at the intersection of Old National Highway and Old National Parkway around 6 a.m. Thursday.

A concerned citizen, in turn, called police and took the child across the street to Waffle House to eat.

Police said the child was in good condition. A diaper bag was with him.

"The child was left there and had one pair of shorts in the bag and several diapers, so we're assuming he was left there on purpose," said Major E.W. Strozier with the College Park Police Department.

Upon reviewing city surveillance cameras, police spotted the child with a man, presumed to be his father, walking around in the area just hours before he was discovered left alone. The man and child on the tape were last recorded at 5:30 a.m.

As of Thursday evening, police were still looking for the father. They did not know his name.

"The word we're getting on the street is that the father left the child with a babysitter while he went to work," explained Strozier.

The child is now in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Anyone with information on the dad's whereabouts is asked to contact College Park Police at 404-761-3131 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-tips (8477). Reference case 14-13513.

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