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Mom of girl abandoned in SC speaks out during bond hearing

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Alonzo Brown (left) and Tongela McBride appear in Anderson County for their respective bond hearings. (Apr. 6 & 10, 2013/FOX Carolina) Alonzo Brown (left) and Tongela McBride appear in Anderson County for their respective bond hearings. (Apr. 6 & 10, 2013/FOX Carolina)
The first photo of Zoe Brown deputies released when they were trying to identify her. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) The first photo of Zoe Brown deputies released when they were trying to identify her. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Tongela McBride arrives at the Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office. (Apr. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina) Tongela McBride arrives at the Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office. (Apr. 9, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The mother of a 4-year-old girl known as "Little Jane Doe" who was abandoned on a stranger's doorstep is now in the custody of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Anderson County deputies traveled to Cobb County, GA, on Tuesday to bring 37-year-old Tongela McBride back to the Upstate on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child, according to Chad McBride with the sheriff's office.

Tongela McBride's daughter, Zoe Brown, was left on an Anderson man's doorstep late at night April 2, according to deputies. Deputies said both parents played a role in her abandonment though her father, 31-year-old Alonzo Brown, was the one who left her at the Brooke Forest Drive home's doorstep.

Deputies immediately spread the word about the girl's abandonment in order to identify her. They said she was left with only the clothes on her back, a stroller and a note on her diaper that said "Call DFAC Please."

Initially, deputies said they thought the girl was between 2 and 3 years old because she is small for her age. They said she had some type of heart surgery and they wanted to figure out what her medical history was as quickly as possible.

Then Friday afternoon, Chad McBride said they received a credible tip from a distant relative of Zoe's after he saw her picture on TV, connecting her to Marietta, GA. On Saturday, deputies identified Tongela McBride as her mother and Brown as her father.

Brown was arrested in Anderson County on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child and denied bond because the judge said he could be a flight risk having no family ties to the Upstate area. His next court date is set for May 3.

Once she was brought to the Anderson County, Tongela McBride appeared before a judge Wednesday morning where her bond was also denied.

During the court appearance, she asked the judge to release her because she is pregnant. She also said she has other children back in Georgia and did not want them to be taken away.

"I want to know if I can see my child," Tongela McBride said. "I didn't do this. I want my child back."

While deputies have not said much about why Zoe was left on a stranger's doorstep, Tongela McBride said in court that, "My understanding is that she was left at my uncle's house."

She said her mother lives in the area and wants Zoe placed with her until her next court appearance, which was set for May 17.

Deputies said Zoe remains in the care of the foster family with whom she was placed early Wednesday morning.

Investigators said DSS will provide the girl with any medical treatment that is needed, and look for a suitable home for her.

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