Carson City authorities are looking for a woman whose 3-year-old son, found bloody and abandoned at a grocery store in Dayton, said his mother is dead.
"We've been trying to interview the child and put things together to figure out exactly what happened," Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong told the Nevada Appeal.
Furlong said the boy told investigators he and his mother, Bertha Anguiano, 33, dropped off an older child at Empire Elementary School between 8 and 8:30 Monday morning.
Employees at the Smith's grocery store in Dayton, about 15 miles away, found the boy wandering around about an hour later and called the Lyon County sheriff's office.
The boy had an injury on the top of his head and investigators believe he was struck with an object, Furlong said.
Authorities said Anguiano, who owns a video store, did not open her store for business Monday and her car was found later that day at the school where she dropped off the older child.
Furlong said the boy told investigators that he and his mother were taken to Dayton by three men.
"The 3-year-old is our only witness and our only source of information," Furlong said. "We are trying desperately to collect information that might help us find her."
Anguiano is described as 5-feet tall, 110 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.