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Few leads in abduction of 9-year-old Riverside girl; police call it an 'isolated incident'

Police say the abduction of a 9-year-old Riverside girl over the weekend, allegedly by a man who carried her away from her apartment where she was sleeping with her brother and sister, was an isolated incident.

The girl was physically assaulted and remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition, Riverside police said Tuesday.

Investigators have no suspects, but have obtained video of a pickup truck in the area at the time of the abduction; they are working to enhance the tape for potential clues. No witnesses have come forward.

“Right now it’s wide open,” said Sgt. Wayne Ramaekers. The girl told police she’d been asleep with two siblings at her apartment near Pike Street and Herman Drive late Saturday night when a man climbed through an unlocked second-story window and carried her away. Police said the girl’s mother, a single parent, was not home at the time.

The girl showed up in a Riverside neighborhood about 3 miles away early Sunday morning, disoriented and knocking on doors near Bolton Avenue and Giles Court. She told police she had been taken in a car and later dumped out.

Forensic evidence has been submitted to a lab for DNA analysis. Police plan to interview the girl again when her condition improves.

The victim’s 12-year-old brother and 3-year-old sister are staying with a relative. Police said they are concentrating on investigating the kidnapping and assault and waiting to determine whether to file any charges against their mother for leaving the children alone in the apartment.

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