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'I've been stolen' says abducted 5-year-old after being found

'I've been stolen' is what a 5-year-old girl in Upper Darby, Pa., said after she was found at 4 a.m. huddled under a slide at a playground. The girl was reported 'stolen' Monday morning from the William C. Bryant School, in west Philadelphia.


Police investigate the playground in Upper Darby, Pa., where a 5-year-old girl was found hiding early Tuesday morning, Jan. 15. The girl had been abducted Monday morning by a woman claiming to be her mother.

(AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez)

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A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from a school by a woman claiming to be her mother was found by a passerby at a playground early Tuesday and told him, "I've been stolen," authorities said.

 When found by a man walking down the street in Upper Darby, Pa.,  around 4:40 a.m., the girl was hiding under a piece of playground equipment in a park and wearing only a T-shirt, said Capt. John Darby, of the Philadelphia police department.

She was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but police said she did not appear to be hurt. Darby said officials are screening the girl to determine if she may have been sexually assaulted.

"There were no overt signs of physical injuries to the child," Darby said at a news conference, adding that police have had only preliminary interviews with the girl. "We have a fragile victim here."


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