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Girl abducted from school by unidentified woman – KlaasKids Foundation's Mark Klaas shares safety tips for parents and educators


Philadelphia (CNN) - 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.

This morning on "Starting Point," KlaasKids Foundation's Mark Klaas weighs in on proper visitor procedures after a 5-year-old girl was abducted from her school and shares tips for parents talking to their children.

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  1. Paulette

    This case is very strange. The woman who took the 5 year old child have to work/volunteer at the school, knows the father, or is a friend of the mother. This woman knew too much and somone who cared a little put her in that playground. And why is the 5 year old lying about how she got in the playground? Why did the 5 year old leave with the woman? And the father not passing the polygraph is very interesting. I hope this wasn't a host for the family to try to get money. Smh

    January 30, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse | Reply

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