Mom, boyfriend charged w/ abandoning girl

SOUTH GATE, Calif. On Monday morning, the couple came forward to try and reclaim the girl. The girl is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services while police investigate.

The girl was abandoned at a parking lot at Firestone Boulevard and South Gate Avenue, across the street from a church carnival.

Police said a man and a woman were arguing, and the man approached a security guard, asking him to watch the girl for a moment. The man, whom the guard presumed was the father, said he'd be right back, but then disappeared.

The couple left in a white sedan, but never returned.

The mother and boyfriend came forward on Monday morning, saying it was a misunderstanding. Apparently, both thought the other was watching the child.

Police are not releasing the little girl's name.

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