Kidnapped Girl’s Aunt Says ‘She’s Doing Well’
NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA.com) — The investigation into the kidnapping of a 10-year-old Northridge girl continued with no suspects in custody.
Christine Stackhouse, the girl’s aunt, told KCAL9’s Rob Schmitt that despite the girl’s ordeal, she was trying to remain a kid.
“She’s a positive girl. She’s looking forward to going to church on Easter Sunday and she wants to go pick up Easter eggs. All that stuff,” said Stackhouse.”She’s fine. She’s doing well.”
Stackhouse added, “She’s happy to be home.”
Tonight neighbors are on are high alert.
Stephanie Dolatre has two kids, ages 12 and 5. She he lives just a few houses down and tonight is using sensors that monitor any movement on her kids bedroom doors and windows.
She said she wasn’t taking any chances with the kidnappers still at large.
“One thing people should know, this is not a series of kidnappings of young children. We don’t have any other kidnappings of this nature in that area or anywhere in Los Angeles. We don’t have a series of children that are getting snatched out of their beds in the middle of the night, however, as a parent, I think every parent knows that until these two individuals are captured we should use all the caution that we can with our children,” said LAPD Captain Andrew Smith.
One kidnapper has been described by the victim as a white male around 18 years old.
The victim was found with cuts and bruises on her head and body.
After a preliminary interview, the girl told officers she was dropped off by two suspects at Kaiser Hospital near De Soto and Burbank when she walked to the Starbucks store.
Officials investigated several locations Wednesday night including a storage facility at Mason and Nordhoff and a vacant house on the street behind the girl’s home.
After hours of searching the house, police ruled it out from the investigation because of a key detail the victim told detectives.
“We’re doing everything we can. We’re pulling out all the stops to get to the bottom of this and to get these two individuals into custody,” Smith said.
Officials request anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide Division 24-hour TIP line at (213) 486-6890.