Girl found in Prospect Heights forest preserve identified

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PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A 3-year-old girl found wandering alone near a Cook cCunty forest preserve is safe with family tonight and authorities are investigating the girl's father.

Three good Samaritans found the girl crying near the intersection of Milwaukee and Palatine roads yesterday evening.

The girl knew her first name, but not much else.

Once her picture was released relatives came forward.

Police are not talking to the girl's father to find out how she was left all alone.

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5 comments

  • carol

    I hate seeing things like this. Though we don’t know what’s happening yet, I am still trying to figure out how kids get out of their houses during the night without anybody knowing? There are locks to prevent that.

    • Charlie

      My daughter is 3 years old and she can lock and unlock every door (including deadbolt) in our house. When she was 2 she got out and walked down the street. Thankfully it wasn’t during the night and was noticed within minutes. But NO ONE and I mean NO ONE has eyes on their child in their own home every second. We have since put up a gate near the entry way, but some people do not have a gateable places near their doors. And before you say to lock them in their rooms, which people have told me before, that is against all fire safety regulations and common sense.
      As for this sweet girl, I’m more shocked that no one has reported her missing by now. Someone has to know she’s gone by now! This case is suspicious for sure.

      • Rudy

        You’re right Charlie. 2 and 3 year olds can open up locks. However they are not tall enough to open slide locks installed at higher levels of a door. And even if your child is as gifted as you infer, you would notice if she were to say drag a chair to open that lock way up high on the door, day or night.

      • Irene

        I would certainly agree with not locking a child in a room during the day – that’s cruel and inhumane in 99% of circumstances (excluding some special needs situations, I’m sure). However, the bit about fire/safety regulations? Complete nonsense. My son (who is in elementary school now) liked to get up at night and wander the house when he was 2 or so years old. We didn’t always hear him get up, and while we had done everything we could to remove any danger to him, no house is truly child-PROOF. So, you bet your bottom we installed a doorknob cover on his door so that it couldn’t be opened by a child from the inside. Fire? Psh. The risk of fire in the home is FAR smaller than the risk of a little escape artist getting into something they shouldn’t or getting out the front door or something like that. Plus, who would WANT their toddler to be able to open the door in case of a fire – what if the fire was in the hall outside their room and they didn’t know any better? Far safer to force them to wait for a parent or emergency worker to reach them. Honestly, it’s not even that much different from a crib – just another way to keep a child safe when their caregiver isn’t in the room with them. I’m not saying that everyone needs to install such measures in ALL small children’s rooms, of course, but it’s certainly not a valid reason to avoid it if it keeps a child prone to such activities safe on a day-to-day basis. Once a child is older and able to follow instructions in an emergency (as well as be trusted not to get into danger on their own while parents are sleeping), though, I would agree with you.