Police said 5-year-old Nailla Robinson was taken from the Bryant School at about 8:50 a.m. Monday by a woman wearing black colored Muslim-style clothing. Lt. John Walker told the Philadelphia Daily News that the woman introduced herself as "Tiffany," but her signature in the school visitor log was illegible.
Police discovered that the girl was missing at about 3 p.m. Monday when a caretaker from the child's after-school program came to pick her up.
Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday night that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the location of the child, described as 40 inches tall, 35 pounds, with medium skin tone, brown eyes and black curly hair. Officials said the girl, who wears glasses, had on a light blue shirt, navy blue pants and black and bright pink sneakers.
The child's mother appeared on local television stations and tearfully pleaded for her safe return.
School district spokesman Francisco Gallard told the newspaper that allowing the girl to leave school with an unknown adult was a "serious break in procedure." Gallard said the woman didn't wait at the school's front office as is district policy but went to her classroom and told a teacher that the child had already been "checked out" of school.
"That is completely against our protocol," Gallard said. "An adult is not allowed to go to any classrooms to check children out. They're supposed to go to the administrative office, their ID is supposed to be checked and they are supposed to be checked to see if they are the guardian of record or parent. If they are, then they call (the) classroom for the child to be brought down, because we don't want adults roaming the building."
Walker said that in surveillance video of the girl leaving school with the woman, the child didn't appear to believe she was in any danger, but police said she is often picked up by different people from the after-school program.