Girl, 10, back home after 5 days

December 30, 1993|By Staff Report

A 10-year-old girl who had been reported missing after leaving home Christmas Day returned unharmed to her East Baltimore home yesterday, and police said no foul play was involved.

Eugenia Ransom showed up at her home in the 200 block of S. Chapel St. about 5:15 p.m. after a family friend -- a 50-year-old man who is the son of her baby sitter -- dropped her off near her home, police said.

The child wasn't injured and had not been abducted, police said.

Her mother told police last night that the ordeal amounted to a misunderstanding between the man and the family, investigators said.

Agent Doug Price, a police spokesman, said detectives questioned the man about the circumstances surrounding the girl's absence and found no criminal wrongdoing.

No charges will be filed, and the man was released, Agent Price said.

Eugenia left her home about 4 p.m. on Christmas to visit a 78-year-old woman who often cares for her, police said. The woman lives several doors down the street from Eugenia's parents' house.

The child told her mother, Regina Ransom, that she expected to stay overnight at the woman's house, as she often did, police said.

By Monday, Miss Ransom hadn't heard from her daughter and reported her missing about 8:45 p.m. that day.

Lorraine Holly, Eugenia's step-aunt, said last night that the family later learned the baby sitter's son took the child to Essex to attend a Christmas party for his daughter.

"She [Eugenia] told us when she got home tonight that it was a nice party," Ms. Holly said. "We asked her if he did anything to her . . . and she said no."

Ms. Holly said the family is relieved to have Eugenia back home.

"It's been very hectic for the past few days," Ms. Holly said. "We just thank Jesus that our prayers have been answered and she's back home again."

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