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Child found wandering the streets, bloody & naked

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A little girl, bloodied and nearly naked, was found wandering city streets late at night.

A customer at an East 185th convenience store tells 19 Action News the four-year-old was only wearing a t-shirt, panties and boots. The child's knees were also skinned-up.

Good Samaritan Hilda Sweeney immediately called for help.

"There's a small child in her underwear, dirty, boots on backwards, had bloody knees, blood all over her hands," Sweeney told police.

Sweeney gave the girl a coat until police arrived.

"You know what upset me, all these people are standing there buying things and the poor child is standing there bleeding, and nobody does anything," she said.

According to the police report, the child's mother heard her daughter go out the door, but was unable to stop her because she was in the bathroom. The mother says the little girl runs away frequently and is often kept in a harness. The report indicates the mother and her young daughter may both have mental disabilities. 

The mother refused to comment when questioned by 19 Action News.

The agency for Cuyahoga County Social Workers says it has no history with the mother, but they are now investigating.

The little girl has been returned home. No charges have been filed at this time.  

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