Brave 5-Year-Old Girl Led Police to Kidnapper Who Dressed As Her Mother & Stole Her From School

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A few weeks ago, we heard about how a kidnapper was allowed to sign 5-year-old Na'illa Robinson out of her school in Philadelphia by wearing a veil and using a fake name. The little girl was subsequently found half-naked at a nearby playground. Everyone was aghast that a stranger was allowed to sign a child out of school -- but at least relieved the girl was found alive. But now more details have come out about what happened to Na'illa in the time she was kidnapped. And they are excruciatingly horrible. And one of the worst things is that the kidnapper reportedly turns out to be a daycare worker who knew Na'illa through her after-school program and she dressed up like her mother and pretended to be her.

Nineteen-year-old Christina Regusters has been arrested in the girl's kidnapping and charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, and rape among other charges. The details of what happened that day are just coming to light.

Apparently it started with Regusters dressed up like Na'illa's mother -- covering her head in a black Muslim veil -- and pretended to be her mother when she came to the school. She then went straight to Na'illa's classroom, which is against procedure. No one asked for her identification and she was allowed to leave with Na'illa. The principal of the school and four others have since been fired.

Na'illa was allegedly taken by Regusters to a nearby house where she suffered "terrible, horrible" injuries, according to police. But it was the brave little girl who cracked the case open for cops.

Na'illa was found the morning after her abduction by a passerby, who heard her screaming from a playground, where she'd been hiding. She told the person that she'd "been stolen" and had "run away" from her captors. She also told police that there was a bird in the house where she'd been taken, and that she'd been told to "hide under the bed" or the bird would peck her eyes out.

The bird was a key clue that helped detectives track down the house where the girl had been kept. The investigation is still ongoing and police think there are others involved.

I can only imagine what this poor little girl went through -- but how incredibly remarkable of her to be able to tell police enough about her captors and her surroundings to get an arrest. Thank god she's alive, but no doubt she has a very long emotionally traumatizing road ahead of her.

Does this make you worry about your child's school's safety?

 

Image via Philadelphia Police Dept.

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nonmember avatar Tammy

I work for a school and this is why I would like parents to stop yelling at our front office each time we ask for your ID. We are doing it to protect your child not to insult you. Also get off your cell phone long enough to answer the basic questions we are required to ask before we can allow you to pick up your child.

Cassandra Huber

This is more case to why we should all homeschool. Public schools are horrid, at least if you homeschool your child you don't have to take the billion risks there are of sending your kids to school where they may or may not come home alive or hurt. 

lulou lulou

It does not make me worry about my school.  The one detail I remembered reading earlier on this was that the woman checked her out on a Monday morning to "take her to breakfast"  Even if it was me, with ID, with my kids saying, "yes, thats my mom" the front desk would say, we'll get him some healthy snacks, he can stay.  Then they'd make me sit there with a lecture about the importance of school.

lulou lulou

Huber, you are right.  We should only take care of our own kids, no sense in teaching them a sense of community, or even dare being good role models and parents instead taking an active role in volunteering and making the public schools great. 

Nicole Goenner

I'll tell you what, parents, get involved and know your teachers, principals, adminstration and front office staff. Parents AND our school's staff need to work together to ensure the safety of our babies.


No need to become a hermit. School is a place that will enrich both children and parent's lives. If we all homeschooled, can you imagine all of the kids learning from parents who are barely literate themselves? Or parents who have to work to make ends meet and can't afford to teach their kids at home? Not to mention the children who only get to eat one meal at school and nothing else because of the benefits of the free and reduced lunch program. These people dropped the ball on this one, but let's not go overboard suggesting we throw in the towel on the whole system. Thank God there are teachers and other school staffers that would be willing to lay their lives down for the safety of their students. 

abra819 abra819

Once I had my child, this world become a horrifying place. Morbid, but true.

Nicole Goenner

I'll tell you what, parents, get involved and know your teachers, principals, adminstration and front office staff. Parents AND our school's staff need to work together to ensure the safety of our babies.


No need to become a hermit. School is a place that will enrich both children and parent's lives. If we all homeschooled, can you imagine all of the kids learning from parents who are barely literate themselves? Or parents who have to work to make ends meet and can't afford to teach their kids at home? Not to mention the children who only get to eat one meal at school and nothing else because of the benefits of the free and reduced lunch program. These people dropped the ball on this one, but let's not go overboard suggesting we throw in the towel on the whole system. Thank God there are teachers and other school staffers that would be willing to lay their lives down for the safety of their students. 

abra819 abra819

Once I had my child, this world become a horrifying place. Morbid, but true.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

I agree Abra! I'm seriously considering homeschooling!!

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Wow! That's crazy! I don't understand WHY she kidnapped her.

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