Infant Boy Found Abandoned and Alone in Yard in Washington State; Suspected Parents Detained: Police

The Lakewood Police Department in Washington state has detained the suspected parents of an infant boy who was found lying alone in a yard early Monday, authorities said.

The baby was found around 1:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of John Dower Road Southwest by a passerby who heard what he or she thought sounded like an “animal in distress,” police said in a news release.

Using a cellphone flashlight, the passerby found the infant lying in the grass and immediately called 911.

Officers and fire personnel responded to the scene where they found the boy “a little cold, but otherwise in good health,” the release stated. The child, believed to be about 3 months old, did not have any visible injuries.

Police searched the area, but were unable to locate his mother or father.

On Monday afternoon, investigators announced that they were “confident” they had located and parents, who were detained and being interviewed by police, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“We do not have answers yet on the circumstances that led up to the child being abandoned, but as I stated … they are being interviewed and hopefully we will learn more very soon,” the post read.

Authorities have not released their names.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Lakewood police at 253-850-5000.