UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Police say the child was located at a family member's home in Mississippi. Investigators are still speaking with the mother of the child to find out what happened.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are searching for a 3-year-old girl who was left home alone but was missing from the home when her mother returned.
The girl's mother told police she left her daughter, Bella Redus, home alone for about 30 minutes. When she came back home, the front door was open, and the girl was gone.
Redus is 3 years old, 3 feet tall, about 30 pounds and was last seen wearing a black night gown, police said.
Her mother reported Redus missing from the apartment in the Summit Park Apartments complex in the 4100 block of Pine Hollow Drive around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Surveillance video shows the mother leaving the apartment and then returning nearly 30 minutes later, but it does not show the girl leaving the apartment, police said. The mother told police she looked for the girl before calling them. The events found on surveillance footage are listed below.
- 11:53 a.m. — Mother leaves the apartment and turns onto Raines Road.
- 11:57 a.m. — Mother returns to the apartment.
- 12:07 p.m. — Mother leaves the apartment again.
- 12:22 p.m. — Mother returns to the apartment.
- 12:30 p.m. — Mother calls police.
Police said the mother is being cooperative, but some of her details have changed.
It is currently not known if the child left on her own or was taken.
Police say the stories they’re getting are conflicting, but finding this little girl is their No. 1 priority. “It’s cold. It’s raining. We don’t know where she’s at. No one can give us the right answers right now,” an MPD spokesperson said.
Anyone with information on this case should call Memphis Police at 901-543-2677.