East Orange Police Say Missing 10-Year-Old Infiniti Parker Found Safe
EAST ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The search for a missing 10-year-old girl in New Jersey is over.
East Orange police said Friday night that Infiniti Parker, who had been missing for more than 24 hours, was found and is in good health, according to Police Chief William Robinson.
No further details were provided as to where or how Parker was found.
The FBI had joined police in the search for the young girl, who was dropped off at Benjamin Banneker Academy on Clinton Street Thursday morning, but never went into the building, officials said.
Her foster-mother, Tonya Parker-Lemon, earlier made a desperate plea for the girl.
“She’s a good kid. She’s just a 10-year-old kid who’s just been through a lot,” she said.
Infiniti had been struggling for the past month with a judge’s order that she be adopted, Parker-Lemon said.
A month ago the court system took Infiniti away from her biological mother. Infinity was acting out and was punished Wednesday, the night before she went missing, Parker-Lemon told CBS 2’s John Schriffen.
The child only wanted to be with her biological mother even though she has been deemed unfit, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
Police Chief Robinson said Infiniti was dropped off at school and video showed her walking from Brookwood Street through the school parking lot and out onto South Clinton Street.
It wasn’t until 2 p.m. Thursday, when the girl was scheduled to meet with her biological mother, that the school realized she was missing, Schriffen reported.