Concern expressed for girl's safety before death

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 4:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 4:50 p.m.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — A school social worker reportedly warned a northeast Florida girl's mother about the danger of the child walking home from school a year before she was abducted and killed.

The unidentified worker told the Department of Children and Families that 7-year-old Somer Thompson and her three siblings got lost at least once walking from Grove Park Elementary School and were found in woods with a stranger. But a DCF probe concluded the allegation had no basis. It also found the girl's mother, Diena Thompson, properly arranged for her children to be taken to and from school.

The 7-year-old girl vanished in late October as she was walking home from school. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill about 50 miles away.

No one has been charged in her death.

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