A toddler has been found abandoned inside a cardboard box, clutching a packet of biscuits, in the entrance to a block of flats.
The little boy, believed to be less than two years old, was found by residents of the building who called police.
Officers attended the scene, in the El Marques area of the Venezuelan capital city of Caracas, and later handed the child over to social workers.
The cardboard box he was found in had once contained biscuits and police believe whoever dumped the boy left him with the snack in his hand.
A photograph of the youngster, in his cardboard box, was shared on Twitter where it sparked an emotional debate. The identities of the little boy’s parents are currently unclear.
One person commented: “I think they did the boy a favour. Leaving him would be hard but perhaps they saved him from something worse… I hope he is being adopted by a lovely family”.
Another wrote: “We should not judge! We do not know the suffering and pain of the family. God judges them and will open a way for this little angel.”
Social workers in Venezuela are being overwhelmed with the number of children being abandoned in the crisis-hit country.
Hyperinflation, power cuts and desperate shortages of food and medicine are driving millions of Venezuelans out of the country.
Many temporarily leave their children with friends or relatives who then find they are unable to afford to care for them.