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3 women claim abandoned boy

By Michael Kimball Modified: August 30, 2007 at 12:28 pm •  Published: August 30, 2007

/> The man last was seen on the property of the Dolese Brothers Co., 5600 W Reno Ave., according to the report. Police officers and a K-9 unit searched the area for the man but never found him.

The man was attempting to steal clothing, including pants, overalls and jeans, the report notes. Oklahoma City police Capt. Steve McCool said he does not believe the man successfully stole any items from the store.

McCool said he decided Tuesday to issue a news release Wednesday morning in hopes that media attention could help identify the boy.

"In the norm when these things happen, it's a very short period of time and Mom or somebody else is showing up, saying, ‘I need to pick up my child,'” McCool said.

DHS ‘in shock'
Leaver said DHS employees were "in shock” after initial attempts to identify the boy failed.

"It's heartbreaking for (case workers),” she said. "They take a lot of this home with them, obviously. It's not something you can just leave at the office. It ... breaks their hearts when something like this happens to a child because they've devoted their lives to try and help children and their families. To see something like this happen, it just tears them up.”

George Johnson, DHS communications director, said 3.7 percent of the department's cases deal with abandoned children, but most are cases in which a child simply was separated from his or her parents.

"Never has one been abandoned during an alleged commission of a crime,” he said.

Leaver said cases where DHS takes custody of a child that cannot be identified are extremely rare.

"It happens so infrequently that they don't even keep statistics on it,” she said.