Mom Charged after Police Say She Abandoned Special Needs Son

This image provided by the Atlanta Police Department shows a young man who was escorted into Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta by an unidentified woman on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The man, who appeared to be malnourished and is unable to communicate, was later found at the hospital alone with no identification. Atlanta police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the pair. (Atlanta Police Department via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) – Police charged a mother with cruelty to children after a special needs teenager was found abandoned at a downtown Atlanta hospital, confused and unable to say who he was. Police said Wednesday the mom told investigators she felt overwhelmed caring for her 14-year-old son along with her other children and decided to leave him at Grady Memorial Hospital. Atlanta police had pleaded for information from the public as they worked to identify the child. Police say they tracked down 37-year-old Diana Elliott at a local hotel with three other children.

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