UPDATE: Father arrested after leaving 5-year-old at Walmart, police say

UPDATE: Gainesville police said they have identified the child and arrested his father with reckless conduct.

Police said Alejandro Cruz-Cervantes, 36, left the child at Walmart unattended and made no attempt to pick him back up.

The 5-year-old has been taken into the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

“Although a sad and unfortunate situation, we do appreciate the community taking swift action to help identify this young child. Furthermore, we appreciate those at Walmart who observed this child in need and notified authorities.”City of Gainesville Polie Chief Jay Parrish wrote in a press release.

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Posted by Gainesville Police Department on Sunday, January 26, 2020

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Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a child dropped off at a metro Atlanta Walmart.

Gainesville Police said the boy was found inside a the Walmart at 440 Shallowford Road.

Officers believe the child is 3 years old and may be named Brandon. His father's name is possibly Alejandro.

Police believe the child was possibly dropped off by a Hispanic man driving a white Ford cargo van.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Hall County Dispatch at 770-534-5251.