SPD: Mom abandons 7-year-old son at S. Jackson Nickelsville camp

According to Seattle Police, a 7-year-old boy is under Child Protective Services custody after his mother abandoned him at the newly-formed Nickelsville homeless camp on the 2000 block of S. Jackson St.

Police responded to the camp around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 after reports came in of the child wandering through the camp, soaked by rain, according to Det. Renee Witt.

Campers told police the boy had been abandoned by his mother, who was nowhere to be found. The child said he had no idea when his mom would return.

The child told police he hadn't eaten since breakfast, so police took him to McDonald's for dinner while they waited for CPS to arrive, Witt said.

No arrests have been made.

Nickelsville's former site in the Highland Park neighborhood of West Seattle was dismantled on Sept. 1 after Seattle's City Council deemed that the move-out deadline for campers illegally squatting there.

Over 100 homeless campers who called the plot of land on W. Marginal Way S. home for over two years split up and moved to three new sites including the S. Jackson location mentioned above, and two others on Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.and 21st Ave.

We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed.