by: Aaron Diamant Updated:
MARIETTA, Ga. - Police tell Channel 2 Action News the parents of a 4-year-old Marietta girl, left her outside an Anderson County, South Carolina home and a distant relative was the key to identifying her.
Alonzo Brown, 31, was arraigned over the weekend in Anderson, S.C., where a judge granted investigators requests to deny bond.
"We consider a person who would do that a serious threat to the safety of community," said Marlene McClain with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.
Brown and McBride, both of Marietta, are charged with unlawful neglect of a child for allegedly abandoning their 4-year-old daughter Zoe on the doorstep of an Anderson County home last Tuesday, leaving neighbors stunned.
"Total surprise. I mean, I wouldn't, that's beyond my comprehension," neighbor Lane Whitfield said.
It took sheriff's deputies five days to identify Zoe who had just a note on her diaper to call the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.
McBride said a tip from a distant relative, who saw Zoe's picture on TV, cracked the case.
And while McBride says Zoe has a long medical history, including open-heart surgery, he wouldn't talk about a motive.
"We want to maintain the integrity of this case so we can get justice for Zoe," McBride said.
Investigators arrested Brown in South Carolina. Cobb County police arrested Tongela McBride at a Marietta apartment complex. She's at the Cobb County Jail awaiting extradition.
Deputies said Zoe is safe and in state-monitored foster care.
Channel 2 Action News asked the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services if the agency has had any previous contact with Zoe or her family, but a spokesperson said the law only allows them to comment on cases involving a child's death.
A date for Tongela McBride's extradition hearing has not been set.