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Tongela Denise McBride (left) and Alonzo Brown. Tongela Denise McBride (left) and Alonzo Brown.
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ANDERSON COUNTY, SC -

Anderson County deputies have identified the child left on the front porch of a stranger's home late Tuesday night.

A tip came in Friday that helped investigators figure who and where the little girl was from.

Her parents are now in custody, and the child's father Alonzo Brown, 31, stood before a judge on Saturday.

Brown was quiet during his bond hearing.

His wife and mother of the little girl, 37-year-old Tongela Denise McBride was picked up in Marietta, GA where the couple lives.

Deputies say both face charges of Unlawful Neglect of a Child.

While McBride awaits extradition to Anderson County, Brown will remain behind bars.

A victim's advocate requested the judge deny him bond.

"Certainly, it is a serious case. This was a child who did have severe medical issues and was left on a stranger's doorstep with no medications, no instructions, no information; and we consider the person who did that to be a serious threat to the safety of our community," said Marlene McClain, director Victim Services for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

The case has made national headlines. It has even been shared via Facebook more than 2.5 million times.

"She has had an overwhelming amount of support from the community," said Chad McBride, PIO for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

While this kind of case is rare, deputies say it has taught the sheriff's office about the power of social media.

There are still questions that have yet to be answered, like a motive, but investigators won't reveal that information.

"We want to maintain the integrity of this case so we can get justice," McBride said.

According to McBride, revealing too much information could hurt the case.

Deputies believe the child's mother will have a bond hearing in the coming week.

Brown's next court appearance is scheduled for May 3.

The child will stay in the care of the S.C. Department of Social Services for now.

She is currently living with a foster family, and is adjusting well.

The incident began when deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office say someone rang the doorbell of the home on Brook Forest Drive around 11:30 p.m.  Tuesday.

When the man inside opened the door, there was no one there except a child in a stroller.

Captain Garland Major tells WSPA-TV there was a note attached, stating "Call DCAF Please."  The note was handwritten on a diaper.

The girl is described as being between a 2 to 3-year-old with braided hair and pierced ears.  She was dressed in a white shirt with yellow sleeves with the words "Auntie Loves Me" on the front.

 The toddler also had on gray pants with a floral design, and a pink jacket and stocking cap with an image of Dora the Explorer.

She was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and taken to the hospital where she was found to be in good health.

A scar was noticed on her neck and chest consistent with heart surgery.

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