Phoenix family calms scared 2-year-old found in backyard - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Phoenix family calms scared 2-year-old found in backyard

Renee Contreras and her husband found and cared for a 2-year-old boy who was in their backyard early Saturday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News) Renee Contreras and her husband found and cared for a 2-year-old boy who was in their backyard early Saturday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The boy had been left by his mother as she ran from the boy's father after a party, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News) The boy had been left by his mother as she ran from the boy's father after a party, police said. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The boy was found near this shed, his clothes wet and without shoes. (Source: CBS 5 News) The boy was found near this shed, his clothes wet and without shoes. (Source: CBS 5 News)
The boy's mother, Melynie Susankewa, wasn't found until about 4 p.m. Saturday. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) The boy's mother, Melynie Susankewa, wasn't found until about 4 p.m. Saturday. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Just after 8 a.m. Saturday, Renee Contreras and her husband made a discovery in their backyard.

A 2-year-old boy was standing outside their shed. His clothes were wet from the rain, and he wasn't wearing any shoes.

"When I first went out there, he was scared. But as soon as I picked him up, he looked at me and smiled," said Contreras.

Contreras said she heard some commotion in their backyard about 1 a.m., but when her husband checked, he didn't see anything.

Police said Melynie Susunkewa was running through the neighborhood hopping fences and hiding under cars with the toddler after she got into an argument with the boy's father at a party.

"He was pointing that way. I don't know if that's where he saw his mom leave from," said Contreras.

Contreras wrapped the boy in a blanket and called police. While officers canvassed the neighborhood looking for anyone who knew the toddler, she gave the boy a bath, some dry clothes and food.

"We gave him apples and bananas, and then my husband made him an egg," said Contreras.

It wasn't until 4 p.m. that police tracked down Susunkewa after she called her mom to see if she had the boy.

The 20-year-old told police she didn't remember leaving him and that she blacked out and later got a ride from a stranger to an apartment in north Phoenix.

"She could have took him to the hospital down the street if she was scared. Hopefully he goes to a family that can take care of him, his immediate family. And hopefully she can get herself situated and learn from this mistake," said Contreras.

Police told CBS 5 News the toddler wasn't hurt and that he is in custody of Child Protective Services.

Susunkewa was released from jail. She's charged with suspicion of child abuse.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Teacher, SIU alum shot three times in Indiana school shooting

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:45:54 GMT
    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU.  (SIU Athletics, Facebook)

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

    A teacher who went to SIU in Carbondale was shot three times charging an active shooter at an Indiana school on Friday, May 25, according to SIU. 

  • Southeast Missouri State University 'Gum Tree' damaged

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:28:46 GMT
    The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)

    The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces.

    The "gum tree" at Southeast has snapped in two pieces.

  • visitors-appreciate-extra-eyes-on-road-safety

    MO visitors appreciate extra eyes on road safety

    MO visitors appreciate extra eyes on road safety

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:23:32 GMT
    Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.
    Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.Troopers with the Missouri highway patrol are stepping up enforcement on major hgihways for Memorial Day weekend. They also have eyes on the sky helping them track down reckless driving.

    Most of the millions of Americans traveling for Memorial Day weekend are driving to their destination, but those driving through Missouri won't be alone. 

    Most of the millions of Americans traveling for Memorial Day weekend are driving to their destination, but those driving through Missouri won't be alone. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Police release body cam footage of I-95 shooting death

    Police release body cam footage of I-95 shooting death

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 03:21:37 GMT
    Marcus-David Peters was shot and killed by a Richmond police officer on Monday, May 14. (Source: Richmond Police Department)Marcus-David Peters was shot and killed by a Richmond police officer on Monday, May 14. (Source: Richmond Police Department)

    The Richmond Police Department released body camera and surveillance camera footage on Friday of the shooting death of Marcus-David Peters.

    The Richmond Police Department released body camera and surveillance camera footage on Friday of the shooting death of Marcus-David Peters.

Powered by Frankly