5-Year-Old Philly Girl Who Was Kidnapped From School Found In Park Half-Dressed After Escaping Captors

January 15, 2013  |  

Late last night I was looking through Instagram and saw a few people, including actor Michael K. Williams and model BJ Williams, posting pictures of five-year-old Na’illa Robinson. The little girl with the precious smile was missing. Who knew that about two hours after checking out this missing girl’s story, that she would be found?

The young girl went missing from her West Philadelphia school not too long after her mother, Latifah Rashid, dropped her off. According to The Daily Mail, the young girl was abducted by a woman who was dressed in the same niqab garment that Robinson’s mother wears, which is a veil that covers the face and is worn by Muslim women. In a huge lapse in judgement, those working at Robinson’s school did not require the abductor to show ID, nor did they make her prove that she was a guardian to take the child out. She told those at the school that her name was “Tiffany” and was allowed to leave with Robinson.

Gone for about 20 hours, thankfully, this child was found in the wee hours of the morning, around 4:40 a.m., hiding under a jungle gym set.  A man who just happened to be walking in the neighborhood where the park was heard her screaming and found her as she ran out for help. According to Philly.com, officials say she told the man, “I ran away, I ran away from the people who took me.”‘

According to CBS News, Robinson was only wearing a T-shirt as she tried to brave the early morning cold (and damp ground left from rain the night before) to hide from her abductors. She was taken to a nearby hospital and is said to be doing okay as police now search for the woman who took her, and anyone else involved.
Na’illa Robinson’s mother, Rashid, and her grandfather, Asim Abdul Rashid, appeared on a FOX affiliate news station in Philly, where they discussed the video that school cameras caught of “Tiffany” taking Robinson out, as well as their disappointment over the grave danger she was in because of careless mistakes by the school. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Robinson’s grandfather was beyond disgusted. “We just had an incident when someone walked into a school and murdered children. So now, for them to allow someone to walk into a school and take a child out? It’s just ridiculous!”
It’s a blessing to hear that this child was found, and found so quickly, and by her own fast thinking. Too many of these type of stories finish with a sad ending, no ending at all, or fade into the background in national news. And at the same time, it’s a wake-up call story for our schools to do better. You can’t get lazy with people’s children, because if Robinson wouldn’t have been able to run away, who knows WHAT would have happened.

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