Little girl with autism found in the area of Oakland Park Boulevard in Lauderdale Lakes Sunday morning, police

LAUDERDALE LAKES, Florida – On Sunday, a little girl was found by herself in a busy part of Broward County.

The child was lost in the Lauderdale Lakes area near Oakland Park Boulevard and State Road 7.

A few hours later, her family members were found, but the police are still looking into why she was alone in the first place.

“The girl seems to be about seven years old, and from what the deputies could tell, she was in good health,” Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Carey Codd said. “Up to this point, we haven’t talked to the child much or at all.”

The child is thought to have autism. A good person found the girl and called BSO around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Concerned by what they saw, detectives from the BSO’s Special Victims Unit came to help. They took the child into their care while investigators went out to look for answers.

“Detectives have looked through this area and visited some of the nearby businesses,” Codd said.

It’s possible that the plan worked. By late afternoon, it was known that the young girl’s family had been found.

Detectives are still trying to figure out how she got to that dangerous intersection and why she was there by herself.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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