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Court: Woman charged with abandoning girl gets reduced bond

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Tongela McBride asked for reduced bond on Thursday. (Jan. 23, 2014/FOX Carolina) Tongela McBride asked for reduced bond on Thursday. (Jan. 23, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman charged after her daughter with special needs was left on a doorstep in Anderson County was in court on Thursday for another bond hearing.

Tongela McBride, who was charged with unlawful neglect of a child in April of 2013, spoke in court on Thursday about the incident and asked to have her bond reduced from $20,000.

"We put our baby on the doorstep, we stood there and rang the doorbell," McBride said in court about the incident, in which deputies said her and the child's father left the 4-year-old girl on a porch in Anderson County.

"We stood to the side and waited until my uncle came to the door, when my uncle came to the door, we stood to the side and waited until he took her in, and it took about five to 10 seconds before he took her in, she didn't sit on the porch," she said.

Initially referred to as "Little Jane Doe," Anderson County deputies said McBride's daughter Zoe Brown was left on the front porch of an Anderson man's Brooke Forest Drive home and it took deputies a few days to identify her.

On the fourth day, deputies said they received a tip from a distant family member that led to her identification and arrest of her parents, of Marietta, GA. He said the relative saw the little girl's picture on a TV news broadcast and recognized her, then called authorities.

The girl's father, Alonzo Brown, pleaded guilty in connection with the neglect case on Jan. 8, according to court officials.

During the hearing Judge Cordell Maddox reduced McBride's bond from $20,000 to $10,000.

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