Philadelphia police said that Nailla Robinson, a 5-year-old girl who was taken from her school, was found safe hiding under a jungle gym and wearing only a T-shirt after a man heard cries for help.
Robinson was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but is expected to be fine, according to Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.
However, the investigation was continuing and police want answers, as well as a continued search for Robinson’s abductor.
Police said the girl was taken Monday morning from the Bryant School. Authorities released surveillance video showing a woman wearing a full-length, black Muslim garment, her face covered by a black veil, taking the girl out of the school. Lt. John Walker told the Philadelphia Daily News the woman introduced herself as “Tiffany,” but her signature in the school visitor log was illegible.
Robinson’s mother had appeared on local media Monday night, tearfully pleading for her safe return, and explaining how she also wears the traditional chador and niqab.
School district officials said that allowing the girl to leave school with an unknown adult was a “serious break in procedure.” District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the woman didn’t wait at the school’s front office as is district policy but went to her classroom and told a teacher that the child had already been “checked out” of school.
Robinson was discovered missing later that afternoon when a caretaker from the her school came to pick her up.