CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Police have discovered an abandoned toddler in Chesterfield County, following a police chase early Wednesday morning.
Police are searching for Lynn Dexter Bailey Jr., 25, of the 3100 block of Fielding Road. Bailey is wanted for abandoning his toddler after he fled from police and crashed his vehicle. The toddler was not hurt and is in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Authorities received a call this morning around 6:30 a.m. on a suspicious vehicle in the 3000 block of Bluffside Drive, not too far from Chippenham Parkway.
The car sped off and ended in a ditch. The male driver and a female passenger ran from the car and officers found the toddler left outside of the vehicle.
Authorities said they believe the male driver is related to the toddler.
"It is baffling because at this point, we don't know why they are running, what we are chasing them for. But, they did leave behind a child which is a crime to abandon a child like that," says Lt. Jason Zaccarine, with Chesterfield Police.
We do know that neither the man, nor the woman were wanted by police at the time of the chase. But now, they are facing felony child neglect charges, along with other driving charges.
People who live in the neighborhood are in shock over what happened this morning. "I just hope whoever was running from the cops or left that child behind -- if they were a parent of they had love and concern, they would come back and turn themselves in," says Leslie Gorruso.
We actually caught a school bus driving through the area picking up children as K-9 units searched the woods and police officers went door to door, even checking sheds and behind homes.
Gorrurso and others now worry about what happens in their neighborhood at night. This, as police officers continue to search for the two people who left a little boy behind.
"Definitely going to have my outside lights on. My driveway lights on and tell my neighbors to do the same," adds Leslie.
At the time when the little boy was found, he was immediately placed into a police officers car. The toddler was wet up the knees in a ditch where the car came to rest. The boy was turned over to Child Protective Services and a family member of the child was contacted. The little boy was not injured.
Police urge anyone with information about Bailey to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at (804) 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at (804) 748-0660 or text the code tip699 and send to 274637 (CRIMES).