Baltimore police searching for a possible 'discarded' child

BALTIMORE - Baltimore City police spent several hours Wednesday searching for a possible "discarded" child.

Police said an anonymous caller contacted the police department at 8:46 a.m. and reported that a baby was placed in the trash at the intersection of Harlem Ave. and N. Carrollton Ave.

Officers immediately arrived on scene and conducted a thorough search of the location. 

Shantera Johnson says she was questioned by officers. She tells ABC2, "I just walked out the house and they just straight came to me and asked me my name,  they told me to sit down on the curb and asked my name and asked me for I.D. and asked me did I just have a baby. I said not just had a baby, I had a baby like ten months ago."

Johnson says she showed officers her ten month old son, Trucel, to prove her innocence. She was told she matched the description the caller gave them over the phone. 
She says, "They just thought it was my baby because the person had the same jacket, same sweatpants, just different color shoes on."
After several hours of searching with the assistance of the Department of Public Works, a baby was not located in the area reported.

Detectives are currently investigating this incident and are asking for anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2100


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