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Man charged with reckless conduct in child being abandoned at Walmart
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Alejandro Cruz-Cervantes.

Update, Jan. 27:

The father of the missing child found Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Walmart store in Gainesville has been charged with reckless conduct, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Alejandro Cruz-Cervantes, 36, of Gainesville, is being held at the Hall County jail. He was arrested with the help of the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing, and “additional charges are possible,” states a Gainesville Police press release issued Monday, Jan. 27.

Cruz-Cervantes is accused of leaving the child at Walmart “unattended without guardianship and with no attempt to retrieve the child,” states the release.

The child is 5 years old. Earlier, police believed the child was 3.

Police were called to the store at 400 Shallowford Road about 1:30 p.m. Sunday after the store reported the child wandering alone.

“With the help of the public, investigators were able to identify the child and subsequently identify and locate the father,” according to the press release.


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Gainesville police have located the parents of a child found wandering alone Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Gainesville Walmart, but an investigation of the child's ordeal is ongoing.

"Charges are possible," said Gainesville Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kevin Holbrook .

Before the parents were found, police sent out a news release trying to determine the child's identity. Police said the child, possibly 3 years old, may have been dropped off at the store at 400 Shallowford Road by a Hispanic male driving a white Ford cargo van.

"A citizen who saw the (police) lookout came forward with the necessary information we needed to make the connection," Holbrook said.

The child is in Department of Family and Children Services custody, Holbrook said.

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