First-grade student found wandering more than half a mile away from Detroit school

Good Samaritan found child, brought them to police station

A first grade student at Fisher Magnet Lower Academy was found wandering more than a half a mile away from the school

DETROIT – A first-grade student at Fisher Magnet Lower Academy was found wandering more than a half a mile away from the school.

The child was found near 7 Mile Road and Hayes Street on Friday. A good samaritan saw the child walking, pulled over and picked her up. Then immediately drove to the Detroit Police Department’s 9th Precinct and dropped her off.

The child’s mother, who does not want to be identified, was stunned when she got the call from the police.

“‘We have your daughter,’ they told me. I was like, ‘I know you’re lying. I walked her into school myself.’ And I asked them to describe what she had on, and they described it to a T,” the child’s mother said.

The mother rushed to the precinct and discovered it was another mother who stopped and picked up her child. The other mother had also put the child’s picture out on social media.

The child’s mother was furious the school was unaware her daughter wasn’t in class. The mother contacted the school and then called Detroit Public Community Schools District Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

The school district released the following statement Friday night:


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