SAN ANTONIO -- A 4-year-old boy was found dumped in the trash by his mother after she used synthetic marijuana, police said Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses and police said the boy told them his mommy threw him away, in the 200 block of Shin Oak.

The boy's 21-year-old mother, Brittany Ciccotti, was arrested by Live Oak Police and charged with child abandonment.

She ran up and bent over in front of me and asked me if I smoked weed and I said no and she just took off running down the street, said Casey Zaleski, a neighbor who found the child.

Ciccotti walked into someone's home carrying the child, police said. She was looking for synthetic marijuana.

When police arrived, they received another call about a small child found in a trash can.

This woman really didn't know what she was doing and in this case she took a 4-year-old and put him in a trash can, Sgt. Anita Seamans of the Live Oak Police Department said.

Ciccotti was examined at a local hospital then arrested. She admitted she'd used K2 spice Monday and at the time she didn't know where her child was.

The child is in the custody of Child Protective Services at the children shelter for now. He turns 5 next month and will be placed with relatives.

Last month, Live Oak police seized 26 pounds of synthetic marijuana and $130,000 in cash at a smoke shop in Live Oak.

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