3-Year-Old Found Wandering Streets of Cleveland; Police Looking for Parents

February 10, 2019 Updated: February 10, 2019

Officials said they discovered a 3-year-old girl wandering the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, according to reports.

The girl told police her name is Destiny, NewsChannel5 reported.

Destiny was discovered at East 124th Street and Locke Avenue by Cleveland police, who added that they were trying to find the girl’s guardians.

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News 5 Cleveland 发布于 2019年2月10日周日

They said she wasn’t wearing winter clothing when they found her.

Temperatures in Cleveland dropped to below freezing on Feb. 10.

Destiny was taken in by social workers of the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services.

Destiny was discovered at East 124th Street and Locke Avenue by Cleveland police, on Feb. 10, 2019.  (Google Street View)

The girl was taken to a nearby hospital for an examination before she was released, WKYC reported.

People with information about the girl are being asked to call the kids hotline at 216-696-5437.

Other details about the girl were not provided.

She was discovered just a few blocks from Lake Erie.

It comes weeks after a 4-year-old girl was discovered wandering around the streets of Detroit while searching for her parents.

The temperature was about 38 degrees Fahrenheit on the night of Jan. 4 in Detroit when she was located by two good Samaritans.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the family of a 4-year-old child found wandering Friday night.

WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit 发布于 2019年1月4日周五

The Detroit Free Press later reported that the parents of the girl were found, but child protective service officials were investigating. Her name wasn’t released to the public, but police posted photos of her on social media.

Missing Children in the United States

There were 464,324 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2017, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement authorities, they must be entered into the database. In 2016, there were 465,676 entries.

“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated that would also be reflected in the total,” the center said.

Reve Walsh and John Walsh during The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, the Fraternal Order of the Police and the Justice Department’s 16th Annual Congressional Breakfast at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, on May 18, 2011. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

In 2017, the center said it had assisted officers and families with more than 27,000 missing children. In those cases, 91 percent were endangered runaways and 5 percent family abductions.

Nancy McBride, the executive director of Florida Outreach at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said most of the runaways involve technology.

“[Technology] has great benefits and some potential risks,” McBride told USA Today in 2017. “It’s important to stay plugged into their lives.” Tech is utilized by online predators, McBride said, who exploit gaps when the child’s relationship with their parents is not the best.

About one in seven children reported missing to the center in 2017 were likely to be victims of child sex trafficking, the center said.