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Police find 2-year-old girl who they believe wandered off

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police found a 2-year-old girl Friday morning who they believe wandered away from her grandmother’s Manchester home overnight as temperatures dipped into the teens.

Police say Zoey Rose Guerrero Pena was last seen asleep in her crib at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at her grandmother’s house. Police were called to the home at about 3:30 a.m. Friday and searched the neighborhood, using police dogs and a helicopter. They said they found her in a nearby home at about 9:15 a.m. and were having her checked out at a hospital.

“Young Zoey allegedly got up from her crib and snuck out the back door,” Lt. Brian O’Keefe said. He thanked all the police and firefighters who participated in the search. “The child is safe,” he said.

The girl’s mother, Geraldine Pena, of Nashua, said her daughter was in good condition. She was not at the Manchester home when her daughter was reported missing.

“I want to thank everyone from the core of my soul,” she told WMUR-TV. People who don’t even know us were out in the cold trying to help. I want to thank them so much.”

The child was only wearing a pink one-piece sleeper. Police searched the home extensively as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Residents were asked to refrain from entering the search area.

Police planned to gather more details on the case.

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