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Sunday
Apr072013

Authorities Uncover Identity of Abandoned 'Little Jane Doe' 

Anderson County Sherrif's Office(ANDERSON, S.C.) -- Authorities in South Carolina have identified the toddler who was found abandoned on a stranger's doorstep, and arrested her parents.

After four days of investigating, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said that the child is 4-year-old Zoe Brown of Marietta, Ga.

Brown's parents -- 31-year-old Alonzo Brown and 37-year-old Tongela Denise McBride -- were arrested Friday night on charges of unlawful neglect of a child, after they left her on the doorstep with a note on her diaper that read "Call DFAC" or Division of Family and Child Services.

Chad McBride, the public information office for the Anderson County Sherriff's Office, said that having the girl's story shared through social media and the news media helped lead to the discovery of the toddler's identify and the arrest of her parents.

According to Chad McBride, who is not related to Denise McBride, posts on the Anderson County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page featuring Zoe Brown's picture were shared more than 2 million times.

"Just putting the story out there and all over the country, it was the media that led to the individuals that called us," McBride said. "For a couple days we didn't have anything."

Roy Campbell, the home's owner, told the Independent Mail newspaper of Anderson that he found Zoe Brown after he heard the doorbell ring, but didn't see anyone at the door.

"I heard the neighbor's dogs barking so I went around the back of the house to see if they might have gone there," Campbell told the Independent Mail. "When I didn't see anyone, I went back to the front door and noticed that there was a baby in the stroller."

After Campbell found the girl, the police were immediately called and she was taken to a local hospital where doctors determined she was in good health, authorities said.

Although she is 4 years old, Zoe Brown wears clothes made for a 24-month-old and has scars on her chest and neck that are consistent with past heart surgery, McBride said.

McBride said the story of the mystery "little Jane Doe" has galvanized the community and many people called offering to adopt the toddler.

"We've had an enormous amount of people calling -- the lead investigator, she was having a hard time focusing on the case," McBride said. "They [were] so many people calling her and me [saying] 'We want to adopt a child.'"

The girl is currently in a foster home under the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
McBride said she will remain there until the DSS can determine whether there is a family member who can provide her with a safe environment.

Under South Carolina's Daniel's Law, a caregiver will not be prosecuted if they abandon a newborn baby at any state-sanctioned "safe haven" such as a hospital, church or school. The law is only applicable for children under 30 days old.

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Wednesday
Dec192012

Feds Seek Help in Finding Child Pornographer, Rescuing Victim

Courtesy ICE.gov(WASHINGTON) -- Federal officials are urgently asking for the public's help to rescue a young child who may be a victim of ongoing sexual exploitation, and to identify and arrest a "Jane Doe" suspected of producing child pornography.

Investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations are looking for a white female, from 23 to 29 years old, who is believed to have produced at least one long-form video that shows her engaging in explicit sex with a four-to-five-year-old victim. Investigators think the video first appeared on the Internet less than a month ago, on Nov. 27, 2012, which raises the possibility that the child is still being exploited.

"Jane Doe" has a medium build, hazel or green eyes and brown hair with blond highlights. The suspect also has a mole on her left thigh and a tongue piercing. Investigators believe that the video was made in the U.S., and that Jane Doe and the child are in the U.S.

HSI special agents got a tip from the Danish National Police after Danish law enforcement downloaded a copy of the video. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children determined that the victim had not been identified or rescued.

Authorities request that anyone with information about "Jane Doe" call ICE's 24-hour tip line at 866-347-2423 or fill out an on-line tip form at www.ice.gov.

The criminal complaint against this unidentified woman, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., is the second obtained by HSI's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit in 2012. The first "Jane Doe" suspect was arrested with her husband in Oregon in September after ICE solicited, and received, help from the public in finding her.

Michelle Lee Freeman and Michael Serapis Freeman turned themselves in to local police after tips to ICE identified Michelle as the "Jane Doe" suspect. Two child victims were rescued in that case and the Freemans are awaiting trial.

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