Nothing is more frightening than to notice your child is missing, especially in a violent area such as Compton. A three year old little girl was found wandering around the streets of Compton Saturday evening, and the parents, as well as the grandmother, contacted the Sheriff’s Department in Compton, California Sunday morning around 10 a.m., ABC reports.
The little girl was noticed roaming the streets of Compton around 6:30 p.m. unsupervised, which led to a concerned citizen contacting the Los Angeles Sheriff Station. She was found near the busy intersection of Willowbrook Avenue and Alondra Boulevard. The police conducted an extensive search around the area that she was found and even contacted many residents in order to locate the little girl’s parents, however, they were unsuccessful.
According to ABC, the little girl was taken to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services. Around 10 a.m. on Sunday, the parents and grandmother contacted the Sheriff’s Department, and after a preliminary interview with them, it was determined that a miscommunication led to the little girl being unsupervised.
When the little girl was spotted by the concerned resident, she was wearing a pink t-shirt with a minion on the front, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle. Officials say the little girl may be black or Latino, and she has a light complexion with dark hair. She may be known as “Janae” or “Shanay,” or possibly something similar to those names.
With Compton being such a high crime rate area, it would be a very scary thought to know a young child was roaming the dangerous streets alone. According to Neighborhood Scout, Compton on a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being the safest, is rated a 13, meaning it is safer than just 13 percent of all other cities in the United States. The national median for violent crimes is 3.8, however, Compton is at a high 11.64.
Gang-related crimes in Compton, California are at an alarming high rate. Just last week, a one-year old child was shot to death in her crib at her house in Compton after what was thought to be a gang-related shooting, ABC reports. To think that this little girl wandering the streets of Compton could have been a victim of a gang-related shooting is, yet, another devastating scare. Inside Prison lists over 75 gangs in the state of California with 45 in Compton alone.
What were the parents of the little girl doing to have not noticed their child missing for over 12 hours? Will their “lack of communication” send them to jail or possibly send this beautiful little girl to an alternative home? Was the grandmother involved in her lack of supervision? This little girl was fortunate to have had someone notice her, as she could have ended up being hit by a vehicle, kidnapped or shot, among many other terrible possibilities.
KTLA did note the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available. The Sheriff would not release the names of the family members. It is unknown whether or not anyone will be facing any criminal charges at this time.
You are asked to please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Compton Station at (310) 605-6500 if you have any information that could help the police with this investigation. An alternative way to anonymously report information is to contact “Crime Stoppers” by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477). You can also send a text with the letters TIPLA, as well as the tip, to CRIMES (274637). You can also go to their website HERE. “If you see something, say something.” You could help save a life or prevent a crime from happening.