August 20, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 27-year-old sanitation worker in Philadelphia says he was drawn to cries for help by an abducted girl before finding the freezing child huddled beneath a playground slide.
Nelson Mandela Myers said at a Tuesday news conference that he wrapped the 5-year-old in his jacket and immediately called 911.
Myers said the girl told him she was cold and that someone had been chasing her.
He said the girl was barefoot and wearing only a damp T-shirt in the pre-dawn cold.
Police said the girl was taken from her west Philadelphia school by a woman claiming to be her mother.
Myers said his thoughts turned immediately to his own 5-year-old daughter.
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