Current News Headlines: Family Concerned 15-Year-Old Girl With Autism Was Violated When Missing For Three Days
A 15-ywar-old girl with autism and functions at the level of an 8-year-old, who went missing for three day but found late Tuesday, is suspected to have been violated, according to her family.
According to a surveillance video obtained by WREG, she was seen entering a Nutbush gas station which turned out, to be her last known whereabouts before going missing Saturday. It’s understood the staff at the gas station says the girl was a regular at the store. The family also disclosed that the girl who has autism, lived just steps away with her grandmother, who is in a wheelchair.
In the video, the girl is seen talking to a man in a green shirt. The police say the man is believed to be in his 40s. While leaving, she walks up to his Dodge Charger, gets in and leaves with the man. On Wednesday, the unidentified girl’s family said after they left, the man took advantage of her. A relative said:
“It’s real messed up how he did it, but it’s a lot.”
“She was with him the last three hours on Saturday, but she got away. She found a way to escape from him.”
Eventually, she escaped the man and headed to South Memphis where she was found three days later.
“A nice family took her in,” a relative said. “After seeing she was missing, they brought her back.”
“I would say thank you for bringing my baby back. God is going to bless you,” a relative said.
But they’re also afraid. They said MPD arrested the man on outstanding warrants, but they still have these warnings.
“What is this world coming to?” a family member said. “All these pedophile men out here, and I feel like no girls are safe out here. Please keep a good eye on your kids because if you don’t, things like this happen, especially if you have a special needs child, things like this can happen.”
According to her family, they are not sure if the girl fully understands what happened but she’s happy to be back with family.
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