South Carolina authorities have identified ‘little Jane Doe,’ a four-year-old girl who was abandoned on a stranger’s doorstep on April 2. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office identified the little girl as Zoe Brown of Marietta, Ga. according to ABC News. Brown was left in a stroller in front of Roy Campbell’s home. She was wearing a diaper that read “Call DFAC” or Division of Family and Child Services.
Campbell told the Independent Mail newspaper he found the child after someone rang his bell.
“I heard the neighbor’s dogs barking so I went around the back of the house to see if they might have gone there,” Campbell told the Independent Mail. “When I didn’t see anyone, I went back to the front door and noticed that there was a baby in the stroller.”
He immediately called law enforcement. Brown was taken to a local-area hospital where the doctor made several startling discoveries. Though she’s in overall good health, Brown was donning clothes made for a 24-month-old toddler and has scars on her neck and chest consistent with heart surgery. The hospital released the child to the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
Chad McBride, the public information officer for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, credits social media for assisting in the identification of Brown and the subsequent arrest of her parents. Brown’s picture was posted to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page and was shared more than 2 million times.
“Just putting the story out there and all over the country, it was the media that led to the individuals that called us,” McBride told ABC News. “For a couple days we didn’t have anything.”
Brown’s parents – Alonzo Brown and Tongela McBride – were arrested April 5 for unlawful neglect of a child.
The court has denied Alonzo Brown bail at the behest of the Director of Victim Services for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. Judge James Cox, who is overseeing the case, agreed with the director, citing the atrocious nature of the alleged crime.
“It is a pretty heinous crime when you think about what happened to her, and a child that’s in the situation that she’s in. So, we are at this time going to deny your bond,” Cox told Brown at his arraignment.
Though Brown was abandoned by hare parents, McBride is hopeful she’ll find a healthy, loving home soon.
“We’ve had an enormous amount of people calling – the lead investigator, she was having a hard time focusing on the case,” McBride told ABC News. “There [were] so many people calling her and me [saying] ‘We want to adopt a child.”
Zoe Brown will remain in foster care until authorities locate a relative that can provide a safe environment for her.