Two people in Oklahoma City have been arrested after an extremely bizarre string of events led to them leaving a toddler with a complete stranger.
According to KFOR, a woman told police that she was sitting at home on Friday when a complete stranger knocked on the door of her apartment.
Once she answered the door, the woman said she came face-to-face with a man who had a baby in his arms.
The man reportedly told the woman that he needed her to watch the child while he went to look for the baby girl’s mother.
Although the woman had never seen the man before in her life, she explained to authorities that she decided to take the child because the man seemed extremely high.
After the man left the building, she immediately called 911 to report what had just happened.
A few hours later, the man returned to the woman’s apartment looking for the child, according to KFOR.
When the man arrived, however, police officers were still in the woman’s apartment interviewing her about the child and the man who dropped the baby off.
The man, later identified as 19-year-old Eric Fugett, told authorities that he had met the child’s mother at a gas station the day before.
Fugett told investigators that the child’s mother, 22-year-old Courtany Emerson, reportedly asked him for a ride the day after meeting him because she needed to “meet a guy about a thing.”
According to Fugett, he ended up driving Emerson and her daughter to a McDonald’s for the meeting, but when the mom stepped out of the car, she left her baby inside.
Although Emerson said she would be right back, Fugett became paranoid when he realized the meeting was taking a long time.
According to a police report, after panicking and leaving the baby with the strange woman in the apartment, Fugett left the scene to look for Emerson.
When police finally located Emerson, she told officers that she had gone to meet a man who recently bailed her out of jail.
After telling authorities several different stories about why she left her baby with Fugett, Emerson was arrested for child abandonment.
KFOR has since shared this story on Facebook, where several commenters actually praised Fugett for at least attempting to care for the baby.
“This might be an unpopular viewpoint but Why is he being arrested for child abandonment? Sounds like this is all mother of the year's fault here,” one woman wrote.
“Sad situation. At least the man had decency to find someone to take care of the child. He probably was arrested on drug charges- as the article stated he smelled high,” another added.