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  1. #1
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    Dec 2005

    MD - Child's Kidnapping Caught On Surveillance Tape

    Police Find Girl In Neighbor's Home

    BALTIMORE, Md. -- A child who was abducted in Baltimore on Thursday morning returned home safely after surveillance cameras posted around the city caught the abduction on tape, police said.

    Patricia Campbell, 37, was charged with two counts of abduction, kidnapping and assault.

    Police said they credit the crime cameras and a persistent police officer for saving the 6-year-old child.

    Police said that at about 7 a.m. Thursday, the girl and her father were sitting on their porch in the northwest section of Cordelia Avenue in Baltimore. The father told police he had stepped inside for a few minutes, then came back outside and found his daughter was gone. He said he called 911.

    Police said officers pulled footage from a nearby crime camera and could clearly see a middle-aged woman pulling the girl down the street by the hand.

    Police said the image convinced them that the abductor probably lived in the area. Police said they knocked on doors and within about two hours they found the girl safely inside Campbell's home.

    The officer who reunited the girl with her father said he couldn't help but take the case personally.

    "I felt it was almost like a fire inside me. I looked at her as my child, and that it was my child I had to find," said Theo Fleet of the Baltimore City Police Department.

    Police said the 6-year-old was unharmed. Police said when they found the child, Campbell, who has a history of mental illness, was doing the girl's hair inside her home.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Tallahassee, Florida
    So, depending on the forcefulness of the "kidnapping," perhaps the mental illness of this woman kept her from thinking the girl should have to ask permission to come over to get her hair done.

    I wonder if it was poor judgement or something sinister, but doing her hair doesn't seem so sinister with our limited information.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2004
    What does it matter if the woman was doing her hair or feeding her or watching tv with her? She kidnapped the child. Perhaps if the police had shown up later the woman would have been killing her or packing her in the car to go to Mexico or molesting her.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2005
    I am glad they found her safe and alive. Could have been horrible!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    There's a growing movement for cameras on public streets. Of course, it has to be balanced with privacy interests, but situations like these make me willing to forgo a little government tracking for a child's life. The UK has cameras on many public streets, and it can be helpful for monitoring. I also think of the Carlie Brucia case in FL - it's useful to have the camera just to be sure we've found the criminal, and to see how these things happen so they might be prevented in the future.

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