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Police: Girl crying 'stranger danger' outside store was with dad

The Detroit News
Young girl last seen leaving Burlington Coat Factory in Southfield on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Southfield – A young girl who was seen struggling with a man outside a Burlington store on Tuesday was with her father, police said.

The girl was found safe at home with her family, police said later Tuesday on Southfield Road near 12 Mile.

Authorities had not received a report about a missing child, but they said the circumstances of the 11 a.m. incident led to concern it could be an abduction.

Witnesses told police the young girl, described the child as about 4 to 6 years old and African-American, wearing a bright pink hoodie and light-colored leggings, began screaming "stranger danger" and hit the person trying to take her out of the store. 

The person in the photo released to the public to generate tips was her father, police said.

Police were originally concerned because witnesses said the girl began screaming “stranger danger” and hit the balding, medium built man. He was described as African-American, about 40 to 60 years old, 6 feet tall, and wearing a black oversized jacket, light-colored hoodie and baggy black pants.

A witness told police the man had a tight grip on the girl and told her he would tell her how he knew her father when she got into the car.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

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