Do you know her? Officials need public’s help to identify baby found at RTA bus stop
Police seek to identify woman in connection with the case
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify a baby found Saturday at an RTA bus stop.
The baby, who appears to be about 6-months-old, is safe and in foster care, said Mary Louise Madigan, the Cuyahoga County spokeswoman.
The infant was with a man at a stop near Superior Avenue and East 105th Street, according to a police report released by the RTA.
Transit police said they received a report of a man holding a naked baby around 8:00 p.m. Saturday.
When police arrived, the man refused to provide any information and became agitated.
“While attempting to gain [his] name, we observed his hands trembling, carelessness regarding supporting Jane Doe’s head, and [he] positioned her to his chest covering Jane Doe’s mouth and nose,” an officer wrote in their report.
Police said the man could not provide any information about the baby, or any evidence of a relationship to her.
He was eventually identified as 67-year-old Bennie Anderson.
Anderson was arrested on an unrelated warrant and charged with resisting arrest, obstructing official business, child abuse or neglect, and use of force.
He was released on Tuesday, according to Cuyahoga County Jail records.
While in custody, police said Anderson did not inquire about the baby.
Police are also seeking the identification of the woman pictured below who was seen in the area at the time of the incident. She was photographed with an empty stroller.
Investigators said Anderson claimed that woman was his wife. She told police the same thing and claimed to be the child’s mother.
But she also refused to give officers her name and couldn’t provide any details or evidence suggesting she was the little girl’s mom.
“The female was insistent that we did not have jurisdiction to be there,” police said in their report. “The female was given multiple opportunities to be transported to the hospital by EMS along with the baby Jane Doe. She refused. The female was given several opportunities to identify herself so we could release the baby Jane Doe to her.”
The officer also suggested there was a disconnect between the woman and the child.
“During the course of our interaction with this female, she never stated ‘my baby,’ and always referred to it as ‘the baby,’” the officer added.
She was not taken into custody.
It was initially believed that the baby was found at an RTA train station on West Boulevard, but a county spokeswoman corrected preliminary information and said the child was actually found at the bus stop near Superior Avenue and East 105th Street.
If you know the identity of the child, call 696-KIDS, 9-1-1, or your local law enforcement agency.
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