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Did someone abduct DeKalb Co. toddler and then bring her back?

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Tiona Jenkins, 18 months old Tiona Jenkins, 18 months old

DeKalb County detectives are trying to figure out if someone took an 18-month-old Ellenwood girl Tuesday night and later brought her back right under their noses.

Officers were called to a home on Orbit Circle at about 8:15 p.m. For four hours, police searched house to house looking for little Tiona Jenkins. They used search dogs and helicopters in their efforts to locate her.

Finally, after midnight, officers found the little girl in the backyard of an empty home down the street. Strangely, she was not cold, even though she was not wearing a jacket as temperatures dropped into the 50s.

"Quite frankly, it doesn't appear that child had been sitting there for four hours," said Police Chief Cedric Alexander. "You take a 18-month-old child sitting in the woods, they're going to be dirty. They're going to be crying. They're going to be disturbed. That appeared not to be the case when the detectives happened upon this child."

Alexander told CBS Atlanta News that officers had searched the property of the empty home twice. On the third search, they found little Tiona sitting near a rock in the backyard.

Alexander told CBS Atlanta News that Tiona had some scratches, but there were no signs of injury. She was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Following medical treatment, Tiona will be placed in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services until detectives can sort out what happened, Alexander said.

Police will continue to interview the child's mother, grandmother and great aunt, who were at home with the little girl when she disappeared.

Check back with www.CBSAtlanta.com for updates.

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