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1 charged in abduction of girl from Philadelphia school

Christina Regusters worked at an after-school

Christina Regusters worked at an after-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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Regusters worked at an after-school care program attended by the victim, who was taken out of her classroom Jan. 14 by a woman posing as her mother and wearing a black Muslim garment, her face covered by a veil, according to Philadelphia police Captain John Darby, who heads the department’s special victims unit. The woman had said she was coming to take the girl out to breakfast, according to school officials, who said school policies were not followed in releasing the child.

Investigators believe the suspect and victim then walked a few blocks to a home where a man was waiting. The child was blindfolded, told to remove her clothes and put on a black, adult-sized T-shirt, and ordered to hide under a bed, authorities said. She was apparently dumped about 18 hours later at a park about a mile from her school, just outside the city, and was found by a passerby, shivering under playground equipment. When she was found, the girl told her rescuer, ‘‘I’ve been stolen.’’

Police have since taken her to places around the neighborhood as they search for clues.

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