CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (PIX11) — A missing 14-year-old girl who disappeared while babysitting her younger brother and sister in Brooklyn last week was found in Harlem Thursday, according to a law enforcement source who spoke to PIX11 News.
“She was staying in an apartment. Someone called the police,” the source said.
Police officers from the 24th Precinct in Harlem responded and took the teen to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. Detectives from the 77th Precinct in Brooklyn, the area where the teen lives, were going to the hospital to interview her, according to the source.
“I have seen my daughter, I have held my daughter,” the teen’s mom said.
The mom did not share why her daughter left.
“All I can say is: my daughter is home safe and I want to thank the entire community, all around the world, for all their love, hope, faith and prayers,” the mom said.
“THANK YOU to everyone who helped spread the word,” Hudson tweeted. “It was through our collective outreach and media coverage that we were able to garner enough attention that she was recognized.”
Hudson ended the tweet with bold-faced capital letters, “THANK YOU NEW YORK.”
The case captured national attention, as the teen’s mother tearfully pleaded for her return while clutching the girl’s favorite doll and sketchbook.
The mother, Raquel, said she was at work on July 27 when her younger children called and said the oldest girl had disappeared from the house. The mom told PIX11 News there had been an incident involving her daughter’s computer two days before the girl disappeared.
“When I walked into the room, it was late, and I said, ‘Hand me the computer,'” Raquel recalled when she spoke with PIX11 News earlier this week.
Detectives initially suspected the teen may have run away, but Hudson cautioned that the circumstances of her disappearance shouldn’t matter.
“We need to be mindful of the fact that she could be in danger,” Hudson told PIX11 News on Wednesday.