It is the type of story we report all too often, many times with endings you do not like to hear. But a 3-year-old girl is safe and sound after going missing for at least two hours in Menands Friday morning, making it a happy ending for the family.
A mother and daughter were reunited after a frantic phone call to police, and a search that lasted two hours. The call first came in at 6:30 this morning from the mother, 25-year-old Marie Georegfils, who lives at the Schuyler Heights Apartments in Menands, reporting her 3-year-old daughter missing.
“The mother at some point left the apartment, we’re gonna find out where she was and what she was doing,” says Colonie Police Lieutenant John VanAlstyne.
Georegfils claims she was down at the laundry room when the little girl wandered out of their apartment.
“It was early in the morning so I could accomplish what I needed to do, but she, I guess, heard me,” Georegfils says.
Police and emergency personnel from Menands and Colonie arrived on the scene, using bloodhounds to search the area, checking cars in order to find the child.
Finally, after two hours, the good word came from a neighbor that the young girl was sound asleep inside her apartment.
“I got the phone call on my cell phone from my fiance that the girl was missing,” says neighbor Michele Shannon, who found the missing girl. “So I looked out the door to see what was going on, and I went next door, and there she was sleeping on the couch.”
Shannon knows the mother, but says the child has never been at her apartment before. She thinks the door may have been unlocked, allowing the girl to simply wander in.
Whatever the case, a happy ending for the child’s mother.
“I’m very relieved my daughter’s safe,” says Georegfils.
Police now say the child’s mother, 25-year-old Marie Georegfils, will be charged with child endangerment.
The little girl has been checked out by EMS, and is doing fine.