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Search continues for 4-year-old Maryam

TT/The Local · 2 Jan 2010, 10:04

Published: 02 Jan 2010 10:04 GMT+01:00

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Police have released the girl's name, Maryam Ali Abdulhadi, and photo and asked the public for assistance, reported the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

The four-year-old Maryam, who was wearing pink and sporting pigtails, was with her aunts at Gustav Adolf square in central Malmö when she disappeared just after midnight. They called the police after unsuccessfully searching for her in the crowd for 30 minutes.

The girl's mother has said that her daughter has been kidnapped and is on her way to her father, reported Norwegian newspaper VG, which interviewed the mother yesterday evning.

The mother told VG that Maryam's father has called her and told her what had occurred. He explained that the girl was okay, but she was going to live with him.

The mother added that she doesn't know the child's current location. She told VG that the kidnapping was done by two men.

Swedish police have declined to comment on the new information, according to VG.

Several police officers searched for the girl in central Malmö on New Year's Day. They interviewed several family members, but there is still no information about where Maryam might be.

Police began with a preliminary investigation of human trafficking, since “there were circumstances” that indicated that someone had taken the girl.

“But we are not focusing on a particular individual,” Bo Paulsson, commander on duty at the Malmö police, told TT news agency last night.

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The girl and both of her parents are foreign citizens. The girl lives with her mother in Sweden while her father resides abroad.

Police did not actively search for the girl Friday night and Saturday morning.

“But all police patrols know about this and are keeping their eyes and ears open,” Paulsson said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:39 January 2, 2010 by livinginsweden
What ever reasons....... they another scumbag parents who use their own children to get back at the other parent .. without any thought about the rights of the girl to enjoy both parents, grandparents, etc.

They should keep a hamster and not have children .. they think children is their property.
16:58 January 2, 2010 by lingonberrie
My feelings go out to the barn.

This business with these people using their children as chattel and visiting this business upon Sweden is beyond the pale.

Would that this fool who calls himself a father set foot again in Sweden to face justice here rather than raising the barn in whatever restrictive society from which he might originate.

That he says that the barn is going to live with him without giving a second thought to the rights of the mother or the child, or the laws of Sweden which he has broken, fairly well places his despicable character and that of his society. He has forfeited any right that he has to this girl.
03:32 January 3, 2010 by Flying Scotsman
Now is this not where you Swedes consider that street video surveillance is useful and not an invasion of your privacy. Its a shame it takes something like this for you to understand the benefits!
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