The toddler in a viral story about a man’s child soldier was a foster child and his family were also among the victims, authorities said.
A federal child exploitation investigation began in April, after the toddler’s family, who did not want to be identified, went to a hospital with the child, according to the Child Welfare Department.
The toddler, a 5-year-old boy from Texas, was removed from the home by police, who later told a local ABC affiliate he had been sexually assaulted.
Authorities say he was taken to the child welfare center, but it was unclear if he was there because of the toddler or his parents.
A spokesperson for the Child Protection and Developmental Services Department told CNN that he was removed because the boy’s parents didn’t want to contact authorities.
The agency did not say how long he was in the facility.
“This child was placed with his foster family because of his foster parents not wanting to come forward with their complaints about abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The child was not there for long because he was under investigation and because the foster family felt it was not a good fit,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the foster child’s foster family was also interviewed by law enforcement.
“The investigation showed that the child’s father, identified as the foster father, has been in the custody of CPS for the past several years,” the department said.
“It is unclear how long the child was in CPS custody, and it is unclear if the child has any ongoing issues with the foster parent.
The investigation continues.”
The investigation is ongoing.ABC News’ Matt Sperry contributed to this report.