Police in Ohio are searching for a 14-month-old Frederick boy who they believe was abandoned by his mother in the Columbus area.
The boy, Cameron Beckford, was last known to be in the custody of his mother with his 6-year-old sister, said Columbus Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner. Columbus police found the mother, and a man who was with her, after the children’s father called Frederick police earlier in the week to report his concerns about their absence.
“We took a missing persons report from the father on the 28th, two days ago,” said Lt. Clark Pennington, a Frederick police spokesman. “He believes [the mother] took them to Ohio and he was not getting satisfactory answers to his questions about their wellbeing.”
The 6-year-old, Cheyanne Beckford, was found at an undisclosed location in Columbus, but the boy remained missing Tuesday afternoon and the search effort continued, Weiner said.
“We have an active investigation looking for this missing 14-month-old that we believe may be in the area,” Weiner said from a search area near the Far East Community Recreation Center in Columbus. “Right now we’re talking to the mom and another male trying to get additional information as to where this child might be.”
The mother told the father and police that she abandoned Cameron on the front porch of an unknown residence in the far east area of Columbus, Weiner said. She earlier told the father she could no longer care for the child, according to a police press release.
According to the mother, she last saw Cameron around 8 p.m. Friday on the resident’s porch.
As of Tuesday, neither the mother nor anyone else was facing criminal charges in relation to the missing toddler, Weiner said.
“We’re just questioning them,” Weiner said of the mother and the man she was with. “We’re concentrating on finding this child right now.”
Cameron was described as black with black hair, cut in a mohawk style, and brown eyes, according to the Columbus police press release. He weighs approximately 23 pounds and was last seen wearing a gray elephant hat, a blue and white-striped long-sleeve shirt, gray pants, black and red Spider-Man boots and a black puffy jacket with a red interior fabric, the flyer states.
Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Cameron was asked to call the Columbus Police Department’s missing persons unit at 614-645-4624.