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Missing 3-year-old girl found in Halifax

Posted July 15, 2011 11:52 a.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2011 5:54 p.m. EDT

— A 3-year-old girl who went missing in the Dobbs Street area of Halifax on Friday morning was found safe near a river, authorities said. 

The Halifax County Sheriff's Office said April Eubanks, who has autism, wandered away from a backyard family reunion around 10 a.m. She was found four hours later on the banks of the Roanoke River, just a few blocks from where she disappeared.

The child had burns on her legs and face from a previous incident, but was otherwise unharmed.

Family members believe a playground across the street from the home caught the child's eye. 

"Some of the other kids were playing in this area and just a millisecond (later), literally, we couldn't find April," relative Aisha Eubanks said. 

Aisha Eubanks said the family was "overjoyed" to hear April was OK. 

April and her parents are visiting the area from Philadelphia. 

One deputy involved in the search for the girl was taken to the hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion. Another deputy and one state Department of Correction officer suffered minor injuries during the search.