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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:10 PM

school lets stranger with face covered sign out 5 year old

Police: Girl abducted from school by woman with face covered by head garb



A 5-year-old girl abducted Monday from a West Philadelphia elementary school was found early Tuesday barely dressed and crying under a slide at a playground, police said.

A pedestrian walking by the park around 4:40 a.m. heard the child crying.

"When I got closer, it sounded clear: 'Help, help,'" the Good Samaritan, Nelson Myers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

"When I saw her under the slide I was shocked," he said. "She was there by herself and only had a shirt on."

"Five-year-olds don't escape. Someone put her at that playground," said Capt. John Darby, commanding officer of Special Victims.

The girl told Myers she "was stolen," Darby said.

The girl was taken by an unidentified woman wearing Muslim-style head garb with her face covered, authorities said.

The woman, walking with an umbrella, came to Bryant Elementary School shortly after school started Monday. She scribbled her name on a sign-in sheet, police said.

She did not show identification, but said she was the child's mother and wanted to take her out for breakfast, Darby said. She then proceeded to the child's classroom and asked for the girl by name.

"It appears this is not a random act," Darby said, adding that the woman "knew exactly what to do."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/15/justice/pennsylvania-abduction/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Reply school lets stranger with face covered sign out 5 year old (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 OP
Speck Tater Jan 2013 #1
gkhouston Jan 2013 #2
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #3
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #4
mainstreetonce Jan 2013 #5
Fumesucker Jan 2013 #6

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:13 PM

1. I understand the mother usually picked up the girl with HER face covered.

 

People who take such pains to hide their identity should realize that others can easily impersonate them. And how would the school verify the identity of someone who refused to show her face?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:14 PM

2. She took the child during the school day without showing ID?

I've always had to let the office staff scan my license, even when they know me by sight.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:14 PM

3. Horrifying and strange

I am glad they found the girl alive. It doesn't sound like that was a given outcome. I also hope the school does everything in their power to help the family heal even if it is just to pay for their therapy.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:15 PM

4. Imagine what would have happened at that school had a masked man walked in n/t

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:38 PM

5. The abductor

did not impersonate someone else. No one asked for any ID and just let her take the child in the morning. No one knew the child was missing till dismissal.
There was a substitute teacher who let the child go.

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Response to mainstreetonce (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:59 PM

6. I understand that, now imagine if a masked *man* had walked into the school

The school would instantly have gone to lockdown mode and 911 would be frantically called.

Masked woman walks in and nobody even blinks.

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