6-year-old girl remains in critical condition from being hit by a car after running away from her foster home for the second time in ten days
The girl was hit on December 21 along U.S. 40 while running towards the Tool Shed Lounge biker bar
Patrons from the bar called police after seeing the girl wandering on U.S. 40
Missouri Department of Social Services will not release any records until it is deemed doing so will not harm the child or siblings
On December 21, 2018, a 6-year-old girl was hit by a car in Kansas City, Missouri on U.S. 40 near Phelps Road. Now, almost two weeks after the accident it was discovered the girl was a foster child who had run away from her foster home before.
As of Friday, the young girl was still in critical condition. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver stayed at the scene after the accident. Police say it was dark and the man was not able to stop in time to avoid hitting the girl. It was reported the speed limit in the area is 45.
The girl was said to have been running across U.S. 40 towards the Tool Shed Lounge biker bar. The Salina Post reported that just ten days prior patrons found the girl wandering down U.S. 40. Kansas City Police spokesman Capt. Lionel Colón said the girl was returned to her foster home in that incident and “a state-appointed social service worker.” The Missouri Department of Social Services says they will not release any records until it is deemed doing so will not harm the child or her siblings.
While neighboring state Kansas has received high scrutiny over missing children from foster care, Missouri has a lower percentage. In 2017 it was reported 83 children were missing out of 13,400 children in their foster care system. Out of those missing, 81 were said to be between the ages of 14 to 21.
In 2016, Missouri had 89,131 referrals for child abuse or neglect with 69,293 being referred over to an investigation. In total, Missouri claims 5,481 children were victims of child abuse or neglect.