Investigation Into 5-Year-Old's Abduction, Sex Assault

Abducted 5-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Assaulted: Cops

On Tuesday afternoon, investigators announced that the girl was taken to a home in Upper Darby by her abductor and sexually assaulted.

By Kelly Bayliss and David Chang
|  Thursday, Feb 21, 2013  |  Updated 11:55 AM EDT
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Abducted Girl Was Sexually Assaulted: Cops


The abducted 5-year-old girl who was found in Delaware County overnight was sexually assaulted, according to investigators.

The girl was taken by a woman who claimed to be her mother Monday morning from the Cullen Bryant Elementary School.

Police describe the woman as a black female in her 20s, between 5'5" and 5'6", who appeared to be pregnant. She was wearing Muslim garb.

The Philadelphia School District released a statement saying that the school didn't realize the girl was missing until her mother came to pick her up.

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The young girl's family told NBC10 that surveillance video shows the woman, who gave the name "Tiffany" to school officials, tell them that she needed to take her daughter to breakfast. Then "Tiffany" signed the girl out of school and walked away with her, according to the family.

An official Amber alert went out shortly after 8 p.m. Monday night.  Early Tuesday morning, the girl was found wet, wearing only a T-shirt, on a playground on 69th Street by a man passing by, according to Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

"This morning around 4:40 [a.m.] a fellow on his way to work heard screams for help, he was walking, he goes over to a playground area and finds a little girl hiding underneath the jungle gym," Chitwood told NBC10's Tim Furlong.

The man immediately called police.

Police tell NBC10 that she told them she was taken from school the day before and that she was cold and scared.

The little girl was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for a general evaluation. Her mom told NBC10's Claudia Rivero that her daughter told her that she was blindfolded during her abduction.

On Tuesday afternoon, investigators announced that the girl was taken to a home in Upper Darby by her abductor and sexually assaulted. They also say the girl claimed there were more children inside the home.

Police say they are currently searching for the girl’s abductor and for the person who sexually assaulted her. The Fraternal Order of Police are offering a $5,000 reward for today only for the arrest of a suspect.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call police

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