By Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 3-year-old girl was found abandoned in a Las Vegas casino restroom on Tuesday and is now in the custody of Child Protective Services while authorities search for her mother.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the child was found at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino that morning. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said detectives had concluded the mother and daughter took a cab to the Fashion Show mall and subsequently walked across the street to the Wynn.

Lt. David Valenta, who works in the department’s special victims section, told the Review-Journal that the woman had asked about shelters while in the cab and was later seen leaving the Wynn and heading north on South Las Vegas Boulevard.

“Remember, even during these most difficult times, help is available,” Valenta said. “All you have to do is ask.”

Police are now asking for anyone with information about the whereabouts of the woman believed to be the mother, described as a black 5-foot-5-inch female in her 20s wearing a blond wig.

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