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Relatives identify abandoned boy

By Michael Kimball Modified: August 29, 2007 at 6:23 pm •  Published: August 29, 2007
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Relatives of a boy left in a Wal-Mart store by a suspected shoplifter are at the downtown Oklahoma City police station and have identified the child this evening, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

The relatives, three women, told The Oklahoman that the child's name is Bryan Allen, 3, who lives locally. They also said the man who abandoned the boy is not his father.

The boy has been in Department of Human Services custody since Friday, police Knight said in a news release.

About 1:20 p.m. Friday, security personnel at the store at 6100 W Reno Ave. approached a man they suspected of shoplifting, the release says. When they confronted the man, he ran, leaving the boy behind in a shopping cart. The boy was examined by a pediatrician and appeared to have no medical problems, DHS spokeswoman Mary Leaver said.

"He looks like he's doing very well despite what happened to him,” Leaver said. "We're really hoping that someone is able to recognize him and give us the information we need to get him back to his family.”

The suspected shoplifter — described as a bald black man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, wearing a blue shirt, dark blue jeans, white shoes and a large necklace or chain — has not been captured or identified.

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