Abandoned toddler's parents sought
The Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, calls on the parents of abandoned toddler "Mai" to come forward after she was left on an Auburn doorstep on Monday night.PT1M59S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36akh 620 349 April 8, 2014
A distressed toddler abandoned on a doorstep in western Sydney is trying to speak in between her tears, but police cannot yet understand what she is trying to say.
The girl, who is aged about 18 months, was dumped on the doorstep of an Auburn home wrapped in a light-green blanket about 9.50pm on Monday.
The doorstep where 'Mai' was found'.
Whoever left her, rang a doorbell on the Kirkham Road house before speeding off in a late-model white sedan, police said.
The Family and Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, has repeatedly called for the parents to collect their “very distressed” child, who has been dubbed 'Mai" by carers.
“Mum and dad, this little girl needs you, she is very upset she is very well cared for as you will see from the photographs,” Ms Goward said at a press conference outside Auburn police station on Tuesday.
The house in Kirkham Road where 'Mai' was abandoned.
“At 18 months a child knows who they are with, who they belong to and when things are wrong or they have changed.
“It must be very frightening to be wrapped in a blanket and left on someone's doorstep in the dark,” she said.
“She is very distressed.”
The man who found the girl, who requested that he not be named, told police he heard a car speed off.
“I couldn't imagine that someone would do something like this to a child. If you have a problem, there are places you can call and they can help you, rather than just abandoning a child,” he said.
“It was random and out of the blue, and I didn't think this could happen in Australia.”
Auburn police superintendent Phil Rogerson said a bag, a bottle and baby formula were found with the toddler. They have been sent for forensic testing.
“We have no idea who took the baby to the front door,” Superintendent Rogerson said.
“We don't know the intention or why whoever took the baby selected that house,” he said.
Ms Goward said children were usually abandoned at much younger ages.
“It is more unusual for children to be abandoned at this age but a child aged three was found a couple of years ago,” she said.
The little girl is being cared for by experienced foster carers.
Superintendent Rogerson said police were baffled as to why she was abandoned, given that she appeared very well-cared for.
“The clothing is very neat and clean.”
"Mai" was dressed in a black-and-white long-sleeved top and a white sleeveless jumper. She was also wearing a pair of grey shorts with grey and black striped socks.
Anyone with information was urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.