Police in Oklahoma have detained the carer of a 4-year-old girl who was reported missing after a postal worker discovered her sister alone outside on Tuesday, according to the authorities.
As soon as the postal worker saw her 5-year-old sister nearby the Cyril children’s home and called the police, the local authorities started looking for Athena Brownfield, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, which is also helping with the hunt.
According to the agency, Alysia Adams, 31, was detained on two charges of child maltreatment on Thursday afternoon. When the 5-year-old was discovered alone, police said that Adams and her husband were caring for the two sisters.
Athena’s whereabouts are still being sought after.
The agency stated on Thursday that “the inquiry regarding her whereabouts is active and ongoing.”
A missing and endangered person notice was issued by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on Wednesday to residents within a 15-mile radius of Cyril, which is situated about 70 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.
According to Brook Arbeitman, a representative for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, law enforcement is trying to determine precisely when Athena was last seen.
According to Arbeitman, the parents’ whereabouts are “part of the current inquiry.”
Finding her is currently the first priority; determining who is accountable will follow, according to Arbeitman. But we have to track down this little girl.
Arbeitman stated that it is “still to be determined” if the kid has suffered bodily injury, despite the fact that she is now thought to be in danger.
Arbeitman stated, “She’s a tiny girl, she’s missing, and she’s out there alone in the elements.”
According to Arbeitman, her sister is presently in state protective custody and didn’t need any medical attention.
Soldiers from Fort Sill and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children are two organisations helping with the hunt, according to Arbeitman. On Wednesday, state police used sonar to scan the waters around and surrounding Cyril. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has also used drones and search dogs from their department to aid in the hunt.
According to authorities, volunteers also contributed to the grid search, which included searching unoccupied homes and nearby waterways.
Without going into further detail, Arbeitman claimed that officials are discovering objects in the town that “may be pertinent” and useful to the case.
We are uncovering information that, in theory, may provide us with hints, she added.
The police are urging people to examine their premises and to share any surveillance footage they may have, particularly any from doorbell cameras.
According to reports, Athena is 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds, and has blue eyes and light brown hair. A butterfly hoodie is thought to have been her most recent attire.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations is asking anybody with information on her whereabouts to get in touch with them at 800-522-8017 or [email protected].
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