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Child abandoned by dad at Austin-area pool reunited with mom

July 29, 2018

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Suburban Austin authorities have detained a man suspected of fleeing the scene of a car crash and leaving behind his child at a swimming pool.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody turned to social media Saturday night in hopes of determining the child’s identity because the toddler, about 2 or 3, couldn’t speak for himself and provide information.

It worked and the child’s mom, who authorities say was unaware of the abandonment, was reunited with her child early Sunday.

Officials say the man was at a pool south of Georgetown and told the child to play at a splash pad. The man went to his car, hit a parking sign and tree and fled without the boy.

Chody described the “knucklehead” man as possibly intoxicated.

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