A mother who has been accused of abandoning her 4-year-old daughter at Atlanta’s airport will get a mental health evaluation, according to an article on the WSBTV website.
Police reportedly told Channel 2 Action News that Miranda Hakimi Harvey drove nearly 700 miles before leaving the child with strangers and then walking away. Harvey was then found later at a hotel in Athens.
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“Authorities still haven’t said what brought Harvey to Atlanta or why the mother may have abandoned her daughter,” the article reads. “Harvey’s family told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson that Harvey grew up in metro Atlanta and was dealing with a recent death in the family.
Athens-Clarke County police said they found her at The Graduate Hotel about 10 a.m. last Saturday morning after someone called 911.
“The complainant, who happens to be a guest at the hotel, told our officer that they had a guest who had checked in. She believed this person was the person she saw on TV the night before,” said Epifanio Rodriguez, with the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
Police told the media that they asked Harvey basic questions, but for some reason she was unable to answer them.
“At that point, they realized that she seemed to be disheveled, she seemed to be confused, gave her medical treatment as far as calling an ambulance,” Rodriguez told Johnson.
The woman’s family told police that Harvey actually grew up in Gwinnett County and graduated from the University of Georgia seven years ago. They said she is a wonderful mother and this entire ordeal has been a surprise for everyone that knows her.
Family members have also said that Harvey recently lost her father and she may be struggling with his death. Atlanta police as of Thursday morning were still trying to determine whether or not criminal charges will be filed against her.
Harvey’s family said she dedicated her life to children.
“Miranda actually helped disabled children. She went to school for and helped disabled children,” Hakimi said.
Harvey was expected to receive medical care at an undisclosed location in Athens, according to the article.