Toddler Abducted From Foster Care Returned Safe

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a Washington County child abducted from foster care has been returned unharmed.

Police say the 3-year-old girl was taken Saturday from foster care on Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown. She was returned unharmed on Sunday.

Police say a suspect, the girl’s mother, is in custody.

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    What a lame story. It was her mother. And not an abduction in the sense we use it.

    • colliemom

      If the child was in foster care, it means she was removed from the mother’s care for neglect or abuse. So the mother coming to take the child out of the foster home is indeed abduction; in fact places the child at a higher risk for harm.

  • Pete Baughn-bookey

    In my opinion it is an abduction whether this child was in foster care or not because even when it’s a parent it should be treated as seriously as a stranger abduction. Part of the reason this type of thing happens so often is because the custodial parent is not taken seriously when they are reporting the warning signs or red flags, and then not taken seriously when the abduction is in the first 24 hours. Either scenario is equally dangerous to the child, ALL ABDUCTIONS SHOULD BE TREATED SERIOUSLY IMMEDIATELY… Glad this child is now safe.

  • Mary

    colliemom you are right. I worked in foster care. The child was removed from mother’s care and the state took custody of the child through the courts due to abuse and or neglect. It is indeed abduction. Mom can have visits as long as the agency sets up the visits but bio parents can not take the child from the care of foster parents.

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