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1 charged in abduction of girl from Philadelphia school

PHILADELPHIA — A 19-year-old day-care worker was formally charged Friday in the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her Philadelphia elementary school last month, an arrest aided by the little girl’s report to police that there was a talking bird in the home where she was taken, authorities said.

Christina Regusters was charged with kidnapping, rape of a child, conspiracy, aggravated assault, and other offenses, District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. She was one of four people questioned Thursday who live in a home several blocks from Bryant Elementary School in west Philadelphia. The other three were released.

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