'I've Been Stolen': Abducted 5 Year Old Girl Found Wearing T-Shirt In Freezing Philadelphia Park

By Staff Reporter on January 15, 2013 5:31 PM EST

Nailla Robinson
5-year-old Nailla Robinson was abducted Monday by an unknown person wearing traditional Muslim clothing. Robinson was discovered 20 hours later wearing only a T-shirt in a freezing Philadephia park (Photo: National Center for Missing & )

5-year-old Na'illa Robinson was snatched away Monday morning, 8:50 a.m., from the West Philadelphia Elementary school by an abductor wearing a full-length Muslim traditional chador and niqab.

A harrowing race to find the child, Na'illa finally turned up 20 hours later hiding under a jungle gym in a park while wearing only a T-shirt in freezing temperatures. According to reports, Na'illa Robinson was discoverd around 4:40 a.m. when a man walking by heard her screams.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood explained the incident of the discover: "As he starts to walk to where the screams are, a little girls runs out.
I ran away, I ran away from the people who took me."'

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It is unclear how long Robinson had lied underneath the playground set before she emerged. The temperature outside was 37 degrees and the surface was damp from rain the night before. Na'illa Robinson was immediately sent to the hospital to recuperate.

Superintendent Chitwood said, "Right now the child is safe."

The school reported that a woman in Muslim-style garment claimed she was here to pick up Robinson and signed for the child without incident. According to district officials, the signing violated school procedure as all guardians are required to show ID for verification.

District spokesman Fernando Gallard said that allowing the girl to leave school with an uncleared adult was a "serious break in procedure."

What's more, Na'illa Robinson wasn't reported missing until 3 p.m., nearly 6 hours after she left the school with the abductor. Robinson's mother cried hysterically before the media Monday night as she pleaded for her daughter's return. Robinson's mother explained that the abductor wore the same traditional Muslim garb that she did.

While Na'illa Robinson is safe and sound, the abductor is still at large. Philadelphia police has put up an $10,000 reward for information on Robinson's abduction. According to Chitwood, "If she ran away, she ran away right in that area. A child is not going to be able to go that far."

Learn more about the incident in the video below:

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