Nailla Robinson was found wearing only a T-shirt at a playground in Upper Darby, Delaware County early Tuesday morning. She was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for evaluation. Action News is told that she is expected to be just fine, and that her mother has been reunited with her at the hospital.
Upper Darby police say a man on his way to work heard Nailla’s cries Tuesday morning and found her under some bleachers near 69th Street and Marshall Road. She was cold and upset – police were called immediately.
Police say their priority was to get her safe and sound, so that’s what they did – transporting her directly to the hospital to be checked out.
Nailla reportedly told investigators that she was able to run away from the people who took her.
Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood tells Action News, “The abducted little girl came running to him, screaming for help. All she had was a T-shirt on. And she said that she had run away from the people that had taken her.”
The Fraternal Order of Police is offering a $5,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest.
Nailla went missing Monday morning from her school, Bryant Elementary, located at 6001 Cedar Avenue in West Philadelphia. Rashid, Nailla’s mother, says she dropped off her daughter at 8:45 a.m., just minutes before a woman covered with an all black Niqab, or Muslim veil, which only shows her eyes, signed in with an illegible name and took the little girl.
Surveillance footage shows Nailla walking from her classroom with the unknown woman at the school around 8:50 a.m.
“[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 Nailla Robinson by name and there was a substitute teacher in the classroom.
“I don’t think that my child knew her. I think that my child thought that she was a familiar person because she was Muslim,” Rashid said.
Authorities say the girl’s daycare arrived to pick her up at 3:00 p.m. which is when the school finally realized something was wrong.
An Amber Alert was issued Monday night. Police released surveillance video of the incident and Mayor Michael Nutter posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the girl’s safe return.
Then hours later, in the cold early morning hours, Nailla was discovered.
A spokesperson for the Philadelphia School District admits that the Bryant Elementary did not follow proper protocol for school visitors.
The investigation into who took Nailla Robinson continues this morning
Source: WPVI (Philly)
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