(PHILADELPHIA) — A 5-year-old girl has been found after allegedly being abducted by a stranger from her classroom at a Philadelphia elementary school, where officials didn’t learn of her disappearance until six hours later.
Nailla Robinson was found early Tuesday morning by a man in a nearby park in Upper Darby under bleachers and transported to the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania to be checked for hypothermia.
Police say the little girl told them a stranger took her from the school on Monday. She said she was blindfolded and walked a couple of blocks to a house. Robinson said a teenage girl later took her from that house to the playground, according to police.
Robinson was taken from Bryant Elementary School Monday at about 8:50 a.m. by a woman covered with an all black niqab, a piece of cloth that covers the face, according to surveillance video. The school did not know Robinson was missing until six hours later when the girl’s day care arrived to pick her up.
“I don’t know if it’s an accident or whatever it is, please bring my baby home. Don’t hurt her,” Robinson’s mother, Latifah Rashid, told ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV on Monday.
Rashid told WPVI that she dropped Robinson off at 8:45 a.m., five minutes before she was taken from the school by another woman.
“[She] told her teacher that she was me, her mother, and that she was taking her out to breakfast and Nailla was already signed out at the office and she took my child and left,” Rashid said.
Police say the woman knew Robinson by name and there was a substitute teacher in the classroom, according to WPVI.
“There’s a signature in the book you’re required anytime you go into the schools,” Lt. John Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department said. “There’s a list of people who can pick a child up. She did sign a name but it’s not legible so we are not quite sure who the person is.”
The school district released a statement, saying there were some major procedural violations by Bryant Elementary and “an adult is not allowed to go to any classrooms to check children out.”
The surveillance video shows the woman leading Robinson through the halls of the school before exiting the premises.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had offered a $10,000 return for information leading to the girl’s safe return.
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