Carlie Trent, the girl who went missing for more than a week, will now go back to class at Hawkins Elementary School on Monday, where she feels the most comfortable, according to Local8Now.
“My favorite subject is science,” Trent told the station.
Her uncle, Gary Simpson, allegedly abducted her from the school almost two weeks ago. Simpson was arrested and is being held on $1 million bond. WBIR-TV reported that Simpson’s preliminary hearing was set for May 23. A judge also assigned to him a public defender on Monday.
The ordeal forced Carlie to be away from her best friend, Miley. “She always plays with me,” said Trent, adding: “We play on the seesaws and swings.”
Two men found Carlie with her uncle in a remote area in Hawkins County. One of the men held Simpson at gunpoint while the other called the authorities.
Roger Carpenter, Stewart Franklin, Donnie Lawson and Larry Hamblin—the men who rescued her—met Carlie over the weekend.
“I have so much to be thankful for today,” Carpenter said, reported WRCB-TV. “You can’t smack this smile off my face.”
Her father, James Trent, said he’s grateful she wants to be in school so quickly.
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“That’s great,” said James. “That’s the outcome I was hoping for,” he noted.
“I would say it’s back to normal but it’s better actually. It’s just really nice to have her back and have her bouncing around and smiling. Her smile always makes me smile. It seems like it contagious, she seems like she make everybody smile,” James added.
He also thanked the men who rescued his daughter. “Just to come up and say thank you is just an understatement. I just wanted to make sure I gave them both a [hug] and know that I appreciate them for everything they done to bring my girl home,” James told the station.
If Simpson is convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping, he could serve between 15 and 25 years behind bars.
James said he’ll never forget how Simpson betrayed his trust.
“I’ll just have to live with that,” added James. “I’ll just have to deal with it and just try to keep her happy, and if she’s happy, then I’m happy,” he continued.