Mother refuses to pick up son, 3; child placed in protective custody

07/09/2014 11:56 AM

07/09/2014 11:57 AM

A 3-year-old boy was placed in protective custody early Wednesday morning after his mother refused to pick him up from a police substation, authorities said.

A 34-year-old man brought the boy to Patrol West at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, saying he could not take care of the child, Lt. Dan East said. The man said the boy’s mother, his 27-year-old roommate of two weeks, had stormed out of their residence near Hillside and Ross Parkway at about 5 p.m. after an argument.

“Officers could not get her to take custody” of the boy after they contacted her, East said.

The incident remains under investigation, he said.

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