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A 12-year-old walked more than five miles along U.S. Route 40, according to police.

A 12-year-old girl who ran away from home to avoid the first day of school was found early Wednesday in . She walked more than five miles west along U.S. Route 40 from her home, according to a police spokeswoman.

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, spokeswoman for the , said the girl goes to a public school. She was “in good health and unharmed” when a business owner found her sitting on the sidewalk behind his building in the 11000 block of Pulaski Highway around 5 a.m. 

, along with a Baltimore County police helicopter and a Maryland State Police K9 unit, scoured areas near the girl’s home from 8 a.m. to about 10 a.m. That's when a Baltimore County police precinct reported having someone in custody matching the missing girl's description.

She was held by Baltimore County police until being returned to her mother around 10:45 a.m. The girl’s mother noticed she was missing around 6:45 a.m. and after searching the home, called police about an hour later, Worrell said.

The first classes of the 2011–2012 academic year began Wednesday for  after and from  delayed  for  days.

The girl lives with her biological parents and there were no signs of a domestic dispute, Worrell said.

Todd Holden September 01, 2011 at 04:32 PM
just think what the teacher who has this kid in class must be ready to face...c'mon...
DL September 01, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I wonder if something is going on at school, like bullying, to make her so scared. Poor girl...
Leroy Smith September 02, 2011 at 10:22 AM
Something has to be going on for her to be so afraid of going to school. I think they need to do some close investigation.
Diana September 02, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Very sad situation here. If she felt there was no alternative than to run away, well, there's definitely something burdening this child. Poor little Lovie.
Kai September 02, 2011 at 01:12 PM
There are 12 year old soldiers fighting life and death battles in other countries and we coddle a girl who walks what adults run after work .. so she can avoid the priveleage of a free education in a county with decent schools
Proud to be liberal September 02, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Kai: I have seen some cold-hearted replies in my day, but you take the cake!
Nick September 02, 2011 at 01:29 PM
I agree with Kai. She is not a "poor little lovie." All this coddling only reinforces the idea that it is ok to run away from life's problems. Are there no guidance counsellers at her school who would be more than happy to address the hot topic of "bullying" if that is indeed the case. It is not ok to walk five miles down route forty when you are supposed to be in school. Many people endure hardships in their lives and running away from them is not the way to deal with them.
Proud to be liberal September 02, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Nick: Of course it is the wrong solution to run away. It is dangerous and solves nothing – but even so!
sherry October 06, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Proud to be Liberal....must we re-emphasize how coddled and spoiled the children of today are? I would not want to be raising the brats of today.
Amy Beaudette April 23, 2013 at 08:00 PM
People out there, that girl's me. I'm Amy Beaudette and I'm 13 years old right now. I'm not scared of school. I just was depressed, that's all. I hate my family and my parents, and i just felt like crap. I am the 'girl in the headlines' and I'm so pissed that they put no names out so you probably wont believe me but i AM this person. Please believe me. Joppa 908 Pulaski Hwy.
Amy Beaudette April 23, 2013 at 08:07 PM
To Kai: Fuck you who the fuck do you think you are you stupid son of a bitch? I live here every goddam day to be critisized and the damn police dont know shit so why the fuck did you say oh were coddling with a girl well i'll coddle your fucking dick up your ass and the fuck you goddam pussy fucker you have no life and you can die alone like me and you know what? I have no time wasting with shitfaces like you who have no fuckign roght to say coddle on MY goddam article you stupid son of a bitch i love school and my GODDAM FRIENDS AND I DIDNT MEAN TO HURT MY SCHOOL BUT I DONT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT MY LYING ASS MOTHER JENIFFER BEAUDETTE SO SHUT THE FUCK UP. Damn!

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