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Mother Of Abducted 5-Year-Old Speaks Out

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By Jericka Duncan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The suspects involved in the abduction of a 5-year-old are still out there.

Thursday, the girl’s mother had a message through her attorney.

“If you know anything, please, please, come forward,” said Thomas Kline. “This little girl was hurt by evil people, who need to be caught.”

Police are also pleading for help from the public.

“We’re frustrated because we can’t get to the bottom of it,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross. “We’ve got to find the people responsible, because she deserves that.”

On January 14th the 5-year-old was taken from Bryant Elementary in Cobbs Creek, by a woman dressed in Muslim garb, posing as a relative.

Surveillance video released earlier this week shows the woman and child at 61st and Larchwood.

Police say a man walking to work, one day after the abduction, found the little girl. She wore only a T-shirt as she hid under a playground slide in Upper Darby.

Since that day police and the community have been trying to find out who is responsible.

Police have been looking for two adults; a male and female. They also say a teenager named China may be with the suspects.

“We can’t let this die, it needs to stay in the media,” said Wanda Logan, a concerned neighbor from West Philadelphia.

This Saturday at 2 p.m., several city wide women’s organizations will join hands in silence, in front of Bryant Elementary, for a moment of silence and prayer for the 5-year-old victim.

Attorney Thomas Kline says the girl is still seeking medical treatment from the injuries she sustained during the abduction.

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