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Portland police are now hoping the public can help identify the youngsters who were among a group of homeless people living in the shed.
Just before 9:30 a.m., a man called 911 and told police he'd heard children's voices coming from a shed behind his house.
When officers arrived, they found a vacant house and a nearby shed where several homeless people had been living. They also soon discovered three children, the station reports.
The homeless people told police a woman, possibly the three's mother, abandoned the children in the shed on Wednesday night.
"It was heartbreaking to see those little kids come out," Judy Baxter, who lives across the street from the vacant home, told KPIC-TV. "It was sad. It was just sad. They'd given them stuffed animals, and two of them were walking. And the cop had the other one in his arms."
Photos of the children are available on KPIC-TV and CNN's websites.
Source: USA Today | Yamiche Alcindor