Missing Danville Child / Mother Reunited At Hospital

DANVILLE, KY -- The 6-year-old Danville girl whose sister was injured in a Friday afternoon auto accident was reunited with her mother within hours of the accident, but state social workers will be looking into the matter, Danville Police told WKYT-TV Sunday morning.

The youngster went missing after her 8-year old sister was struck by a car outside a local bowling alley. Authorities say the 8-year old is recovering from her injuries.

Danville police said the girl and her 6-year-old sister left home without their mother's knowledge.

Police said the 8-year-old ran into the path of a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Kellsey Agnew, 19, near the entrance to the Danville Bowlarama, 1050 East Lexington Avenue, about 2:55 p.m. She was taken by ambulance to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

Police learned that the girl's 6-year-old sister, who had been standing on the shoulder of the road with her before the incident, had been picked up by the driver of a gold Toyota Camry. Witnesses said the driver, whom police have identified as Brenda Dearing, left the scene with the girl to find their mother. It's not clear whether Dearing knew the girl.

Heidi Poynter, 31, called police about 3:15 p.m. to report that her daughters had left their home on Burkley Drive, which is nearly a mile from the bowling alley, without her knowledge, and she couldn't find them.

Danville police determined that the girl who was hit by the car was one of the girls, and they took Poynter to the emergency room to be with her. By that time, police said, Dearing had arrived at the hospital with the 6-year-old, who was also reunited with her mother.

Danville police said in a news release that no criminal charges are pending, but they have notified the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, according to a news release from the Danville Police Dept.

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