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Missing Child Found Barefoot in North Stafford Woods

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — A child was found barefoot and sitting by a creek in North Stafford.

A man called 911 just before 3 p.m. Thursday and told authorities he had seen a small girl try to approach him while he was working in the garage at his home in the area of Garrison Woods Drive and Onville Road.

But the child then went into some nearby woods and did not approach the man who called 911. Deputies were called to the scene and found foot prints on the ground that looked like they belonged to a small child.

“They could see the toes of the feet in the footprints, and that told us that the child was barefoot,” said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Deputies then brought in K9 units and set up a perimeter around the wooded area where they thought the child could be.

About the same time, a woman called 911 and reported that her daughter was missing from her house on Garrison Woods Drive. The woman said she had left the child in the care of her father at their home earlier that day before going out to run errands.

In the woods, the deputies followed trail of footprints that lead to a stream where they found the small girl sitting on a small sandbar. They wrapped the child in blankets to warm her, gave her a medical evaluation, and then returned her to her mother.

Deputies then charged the child’s father, 28-year-old John Fuller, of Garrisonville Woods Drive, with felony child neglect, said Kennedy.

He was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail.


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