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Toddler who vanished ‘while his mother’s back was turned for a moment’ found dead in dumpster
A two year-old boy whose mother says he vanished while her back was turned for a moment has been found dead in a dumpster, police believe. They are working to confirm the remains discovered in the trash can in Waco, Texas, on Tuesday belong to Frankie Gonzalez.
Frankie’s mom, who has not been named by investigators, said he was abducted while they visited a splash pad in Waco’s Cameron Park on Monday afternoon. The mother said Frankie had been taken while her back was turned on her son for just a few seconds.
The body now believed to belong to the little boy was found two-and-a-half miles away early Tuesday, with Frankie’s mom’s car also impounded as police try to find further evidence about the youngster’s disappearance.
Investigators have not identified any possible suspects in Frankie’s alleged abduction, but a police spokesman said it was ‘definitely a possibility’ that Frankie had indeed been taken.
Waco Police Officer Garen Bynum told KWTX: ‘This is a tragic scene.
‘This is a very tragic thing were having to deal with.
‘We are, as a police department, we are hurting. This is a very hard thing for officers to work.
‘We’re all parents as well.’
Frankie’s mother reported his disappearance shortly after she last claimed to have seen him. That sparked a widespread search, and an Amber Alert was issued on Monday night in a bid to track the little boy down.
Waco Police Department are set to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to share further details of the case.
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