Police find child who walked off from school

September 22, 2000

State troopers found a Carroll County first-grader unharmed yesterday, nearly an hour after the 6-year-old girl walked away from her Westminster elementary school during recess, authorities said.

The child, who was not named because of her age, walked about a mile from Friendship Valley Elementary School in the 1100 block of Gist Road to Route 32 near Hook Road, state police said. A search was begun when she failed to rejoin her class within a few minutes after asking to use a restroom, authorities said.

"The student is new to the school and apparently decided to walk home," said Margaret Pfaff, one of the directors of elementary schools for Carroll County public schools.

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