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Preschool Girl Abandoned on Street Corner, Police Searching for Answers

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Many times when a child is lost, parents or family members are frantic to find their little one. Even the best parents can experience such terror.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, it’s often pretty obvious when a child has been abandoned intentionally — but sometimes the circumstances by which the child came to be lost are confusing, and it’s best to reserve judgment until the whole story is known.

One young girl was found after midnight on Saturday last week in New York City. She was on the corner of E. 156 St. and Prospect Ave. in the Bronx when police found her.

Being 4 years old, the girl was able to tell authorities her name — Sidaya — but couldn’t give them any more helpful information that would reunite her with her family.

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Officers were able to recover a surveillance video that showed a woman crossing a street and waiting for the girl to catch up.

The video was taken 10 minutes before police found Sidaya alone on the street corner, wearing only a sweater, sweatpants and rain boots.

The woman with her appeared to be around 5 feet 2 inches tall and in her 20s.

The New York Police Department has requested that anyone who knows anything about the situation call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477.

“UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: On 2/27/21 at approx 12:03 AM, at the corner of Prospect Ave & E 156 St in the Bronx, the child was found unaccompanied,” the NYPD News account tweeted on Sunday.

“She says her name is Sidaya and is approx 4-years-old. Any info on her identity, please call or DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS.”

Some have suggested that the woman in the video might just be a concerned stranger and not the girl’s mother, but others pointed out that the adult made no effort to hold the girl’s hand or speak to her.

A short while later, NYPD News shared close-ups of the girl, hoping someone would recognize her.

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Sidaya was taken to a hospital, where she was found to be in good physical health.

As of Tuesday, there was still no word about her parents or situation, but Sidaya is at least safe. If you recognize her or know anything about her story, make sure to contact Crime Stoppers.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking