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Three-year-old girl found wandering alone near a North Carolina church after being abducted

A three-year-old girl who was abducted from a North Carolina playground has been found and reunited with her family but authorities are still searching for the woman they’ve identified as suspect in her kidnapping.  

The Greensboro Police Department shared in a press conference late Thursday night that Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindement was found at the Words of Faith Christian Center at 719 Dillard Street at 8.18pm. 

They’ve cancelled the Amber Alert made for the girl. 

Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott explained that the toddler was found wandering alone near the church. A woman found her and called the tipline for police.

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The Greensboro Police Department shared late Thursday night that Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindement was found at the Words of Faith Christian Center at 719 Dillard Street at 8.18pm

Scott said that the toddler knew her mother’s name, leading them to positively identify her. 

Ahlora was transported to a local hospital and is said to be in ‘relatively good shape.’ 

‘She seems to be doing well as a three year old,’ Scott added. 

The department also provided additional stills of the woman they’ve identified as a suspect in the abduction. They are still working on identifying her. 

A spokesperson with the department told DailyMail.com that they were ‘positive that they will be able to identify her,’ based on information received on Thursday.

The department also provided additional stills of the woman they've identified as a suspect in the abduction

The department also provided additional stills of the woman they’ve identified as a suspect in the abduction

They are still working on identifying her as she has not been found

They are still working on identifying her as she has not been found

‘We obviously want to try to find this individual,’ he said, adding that the department is still investigating the case and a possible motive.

Scott continued: ‘We need to determine why she is doing what she is doing.’  

The police chief shared that Ahlora has been reunited with her family, who are filled with ‘jubilation’ at her return.  

‘The parents had been on edge for multiple hours,’ he stated.  

The police chief shared that Ahlora has been reunited with her family, who are filled with 'jubilation' at her return

The police chief shared that Ahlora has been reunited with her family, who are filled with ‘jubilation’ at her return

Ahlora was found more than 24 hours and approximately four miles away from where she was abducted

Ahlora was found more than 24 hours and approximately four miles away from where she was abducted

The Greensboro Police Department released a still from community security footage that shows the woman believed to have taken three-year-old Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindement on Wednesday night

The Greensboro Police Department released a still from community security footage that shows the woman believed to have taken three-year-old Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindement on Wednesday night

The Greensboro Police Department released a still from community security footage that shows the woman believed to have taken Ahlora.

‘We have got to work together as a community to bring this child home,’ Scott said in a press conference the department shared on Facebook as well.  

Chief Scott explained that the woman had been seen at the playground from 3pm until 5pm Wednesday. 

He said that the woman had been speaking with parents in the area but was spending most of her time interacting with children and was said to have been ‘acting very suspicious.’ 

Ahlora was seen leaving the scene with the woman and the person ‘overseeing’ her called 911 once realizing she was missing, the police chief added.  

Ahlora was seen leaving the scene with the woman and the person 'overseeing' her called 911 once realizing she was missing, police chief Wayne Scott said

Ahlora has been described as having brown eyes and black hair, weighing roughly 40lbs and standing approximately 2' tall

Ahlora was seen leaving the scene with the woman and the person ‘overseeing’ her called 911 once realizing she was missing, police chief Wayne Scott said

The Greensboro Police Department said that Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindiment was abducted from a playground at 2411 Phillips Avenue at around 6.30pm

The Greensboro Police Department said that Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindiment was abducted from a playground at 2411 Phillips Avenue at around 6.30pm 

In an interview, the girl's mother - Erica Lindiment - expressed her hope that someone would come forward with information about her daughter's whereabouts

In an interview, the girl’s mother – Erica Lindiment – expressed her hope that someone would come forward with information about her daughter’s whereabouts

Ahlora was last seen wearing a short sleeve pink t-shirt, black jeans and she may have on white sandals

Ahlora was last seen wearing a short sleeve pink t-shirt, black jeans and she may have on white sandals

The Greensboro Police Department said that three-year-old Ahlora Ashanti Sample Lindiment was reported abducted from a playground at 2411 Phillips Avenue at approximately 6.30pm.

An Amber Alert from the department stated that the toddler was taken by a woman described as being in her 20s. 

The woman – who is black – is said to be around 5’6′ and 135lbs with a short ponytail.  

Police share that the suspect was last seen wearing a black crop top with black pants that had tiger print faces on them. The woman was also said to be wearing dark flip flops and a gold chain.  

In an interview with ABC 11, the girl’s mother – Erica Lindiment – expressed her hope that someone would come forward with information about her daughter’s whereabouts.

‘Please help,’ she said. ‘I mean even if you don’t want to be known, or you don’t want to have your name or anything to do with it, you can always leave an anonymous tip to help us out, to help us find her and make sure she gets home safe.’ 

The Greensboro Police Department is asking for anyone with information to call the department at (336) 373-2287. 

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