HOUSTON (FOX 26) — Some Houston firefighters were left confused when a toddler, who was thought to be missing, was left at their fire station. FOX 26 News cameras captured the moment that 2-year-old Eric was brought out of Houston Fire Department Station 44 clutched in the arms of a firefighter.
The toddler was taken by Houston police to Child Protective Services for evaluation. Relatives had been searching for the toddler after his mother was arrested on Sunday night but family members still couldn’t find the young child by Monday morning.
"Of course, social media, we turned to that, started posting pictures of him," explains David Brewster, the child’s uncle.
It turns out that young Eric was left at a Sugar Land hotel with a man that the boy’s mother was with when she was arrested for forgery.
"Non-family, not related, had several aliases," says Brewster. "Obviously wasn’t someone you send a child with.” Sugar Land police say officers left the 2-year-old child with that man because the boy's mother asked them to.
After learning the family was searching for Eric, FOX 26 was told the 2-year-old child was dropped off at HFD Station 44. While the toddler’s uncle says he is relieved his nephew is safe, Brewster adds that he’s concerned about what may have happened to the child while he was in the man’s care.
"At this point, we don’t know if the child has been abused or what’s happened to him," says Brewster.
Relatives say the 2-year-old boy is being evaluated by CPS and will be allowed to go home with his grandmother.