A girl named “China” or “Chyna” is one of the most important leads Philadel-
phia police have, two weeks into the investigation of a five-year-old girl’s ab-
The little girl was abducted from her elementary school on January 14. This
past weekend, detectives took her back to the school to retrace her steps. That’s
when she told them she remembers meeting a girl named China during the time
she was held.
“All we can say at this time is that at some point during her captivity she had con-
tact with this young woman,” Special Victims Unit Capt. John Darby told NBC10′s
Daralene Jones.”This young woman, when asked her name, she identified herself
as China, so based on that information, we consider China a person of interest.”
Police say China is a teenage girl, probably between the ages of 14 and 17. She has
a thin build, is light skinned and has long, straight black hair. They want to get the
information out in the community because they believe people who know China
may be able to lead them to the abductors. The reward for information that leads
police to the capture and conviction of the abductors is now up to $80,000.
“Because of the age of this victim, everyone should be paying attention, and as I
said, this child may never return to normal.” Capt. Darby won’t get specific, but
said last week that the victim endured an “unspeakable experience.”
The victim was taken from her West Philadelphia school. Surveillance video shows
the woman who told school staff she was the little girl’s mother. The woman, who
was dressed in Muslim garb, signed the victim out of class and led her out of Bryant
Elementary school at 60th Street and Cedar Avenue. Police are looking for her and
a man who met up with the woman and victim a few blocks away. Police say the two
took the girl to a nearby home, forced her to undress, blindfolded her and eventually
dropped her off in an Upper Darby park.
Early that next morning, a man spotted the victim in the park, after hearing her
screams. He wrapped his jacket around her shivering body and and called 911.