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* Saundra Samuel Richmond woman who allegedly abandoned her toddler behind a housing complex in San Pablo

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A Richmond woman who allegedly abandoned her toddler behind a housing complex in San Pablo on Wednesday morning turned herself in today after seeing news reports about the incident, San Pablo police said.Police received a call shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday from a resident of an apartment complex in the 2800 block of Valencia Way.The resident told police that he had seen a woman carry the child to a common area behind the apartment complex and put him on the ground. He then saw the woman run to a taxi, which drove her away, according to police.Police found the child unharmed and placed him in protective custody, Sgt. Dave Lewellyn said. He said there were no signs that the boy, who is 18 months old, suffered any prior abuse.At about 6:30 a.m. today, the mother, identified as 40-year-old Saundra Samuel, was watching the news on TV and saw a report on her case, Lewellyn said. She walked from her home in Richmond to San Pablo and called police, he said.Officers picked her up and took her to the police station, where she allegedly told them that she had left the child because she felt that she was not fit to care for him and believed that somebody else could provide better care, Lewellyn said.She was arrested and booked into county jail in Martinez on suspicion of child endangerment and child desertion. Lewellyn said investigators believe Samuel has other children, but information about who was caring for them wasn’t immediately available.As of this morning, police didn’t have any information about the boy’s father.

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