CINCINNATI — Dmonami Gardner was driving with her four kids on Monday morning when she spotted a toddler standing near the crosswalk on Winneste Avenue by the Winton Hills Rec Center. The girl had on no shoes or shirt. Gardner was immediately alarmed.
"All the cars are just running past and I'm like, 'Come on, get in the car,'" Gardner said she told the girl. "She got in the car with me and I asked her where her mom was. She said, 'Asleep.'"
The toddler was Courdasia English, who had just gone missing. The 2-year-old managed to get out of her home while her mother was asleep. Cincinnati police posted messages across its social media accounts asking the public for help locating the girl. The department had a helicopter searching for her as well and officers on the ground. After 40 minutes, police were able to confirm English had been found.
"I felt so happy, I didn't want to let her go," mother Tyasia Ramsey said. "I cried and I cried and I cried. To the lady that had her, I didn't even want to let the lady go. Like she said, any creep could have grabbed her, anything could have gone south. But it didn't."
English was able to get out of her home through the front door. Both Ramsey and Gardner said the door handles and locks on the townhomes in the neighborhood are known to be notoriously unreliable among residents in the neighborhood. Ramsey said she had locked the door before she went to sleep.
PLEASE SHARE: District Five is currently searching for two-year old Courdasia English who was last seen in the 4900 block of Winneste around 9:30 am Monday. Courdasia is 2 feet tall and around 30-40 lbs, last seen in a pink long sleeve shirt and diaper. If found please call 911. pic.twitter.com/GW16X09N6J— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) December 6, 2021
FOUND SAFE!— Cincinnati Police Department (@CincyPD) December 6, 2021