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10-year-old girl missing in Rampart area

April 21, 2012 |  5:27 am

Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 10-year-old girl missing in the Rampart User19903-1334999593-media1_381004_179_240_PrsMe_ area just west of downtown since Friday evening.

Due to a mixup in communication, Yaiza Cuevas was not picked up by her babysitter after a music class at 6 p.m. at a local elementary school and did not return home, police said.

Yaiza is 5 feet tall, 110 pounds, with a heavy build, dark hair, green eyes and a fair complexion. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and black shoes.

The girl’s babysitter met her at Logan Elementary School, 1711 Montana St., at 3:30 p.m. to pick up her two sisters. Yaiza, who has a music class at the school that ends at 6, asked the babysitter not to come back to pick her up then because a friend of her mother’s would be there.

Police believe there was a miscommunication between the babysitter and the girl’s mother about who would be picking her up.

Her mother picked up her two younger daughters at the babysitter’s house at 7 p.m., and learned Yaiza had not been picked up from her music class. When her mother went home, Yaiza was not there.

She immediately searched the area without success until 10 p.m., when she reported Yaiza missing to Rampart Division police station.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Rampart Division at (213) 484-3400, or, during nonbusiness hours or on weekends, (877) 527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800) 222-8477.


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Photo: Yaiza Cuevas. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department