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New Principal Takes Over At Abducted Girl’s West Philadelphia School

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new principal is taking over at a West Philadelphia Elementary School where a 5-year-old girl was abducted earlier this month.

Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite announced on Monday evening that Micahael Rosenburg would take over as principal of Bryant Elementary School in Cobbs Creek, effective Tuesday.

Hite also said the school district was taking disciplinary action against three other employees at the school.

An intense search has been underway for the child’s abductors since she was taken from her classroom just before 9 a.m. on January 14th by an unknown woman dressed in Muslim garb.

Police have identified two suspects. A light skinned black woman, possibly named Rashida, who was wearing dark Muslim clothing; and a man, light skinned, possibly white, in his mid 30s, with short brown hair.

Earlier on Monday, police announced that they are now looking for another “person of interest” in the case.

Detectives and the victim met last weekend. Captain John Darby of the Special Victims Unit says the girl escorted detectives through a West Philadelphia neighborhood and took them to the 6200 block of Larchwood Street.

Police had looked on Larchwood previously, but not on the west end where the girl took them.

Police say they are interested in talking to a teenage girl, approximately 14-17 years of age with light skin, a thin build and long hair who goes by the name of “China.”

Darby said the child mentioned the girl’s name during an interview.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in this case stands at $80,000.

If you have information, you are urged to contact Philadelphia police.

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