Missing 5-year-old Cleveland girl returns home, babysitter arrested

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Rihanna L. Todd (Photo Credit: Cleveland police)

CLEVELAND -- A missing Cleveland girl returned home Monday morning and her babysitter was taken away in handcuffs.

Rihanna Todd, 5, was riding her bike around 4 p.m. Sunday in front of the home she shared with her mother on East 142nd Street near Kinsman Road.

Police said she was with her babysitter when she disappeared.

The babysitter, Barbara Whitlow, walked up to the house with Rihanna shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. She said she didn't know the girl was reported missing.

While Cleveland police did not release specifics about the child's return, Whitlow was taken into custody a short time later. Cleveland police said she was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The child's disappearance is still under investigation.

Barbara Whitlow (Family photo)

The girl's mother, Leana Todd, told FOX 8 her best friend was watching her daughter. She said she went to work around 3 p.m. Sunday and when she returned around 8:30 p.m., Whitlow and her little girl were gone.

She said she's tried to contact Whitlow, but didn't have any luck.

"I just want my baby," Leana Todd said.

FOX 8 also spoke with the parents of Whitlow, who said they were extremely worried. She is a mother of three and her parents said all her children were safe at home during the incident.

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