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A missing 3-year-old girl was reunited with her family Sunday in Boyle Heights, authorities said.


Police respond to the scene of a kidnapping in Boyle Heights, Nov. 17, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

The child disappeared from a family party Saturday night around 11 p.m. in the 3200 block of Malabar Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Family members said the girl was taken by a man who works on properties in the area as a maintenance worker. The man and a friend, both of whom appeared intoxicated, had reportedly asked to join the party.

The girl, who had been playing in the front yard of the residence, later disappeared. A frantic search ensued, and police were called to the scene.

Officers searched the home and the surrounding area, witnesses said, before being directed to a nearby garage. The girl and the man, who was partially clothed, were found on a sofa inside the garage.

The girl had been missing for three hours when she was found, police said. She was examined by doctors at a local hospital and appeared to be unharmed, her parents said.

The alleged kidnapper, who lives in the area, had visible injuries when he was arrested, according to neighbors. Police said the man’s injuries were incurred when he resisted arrest.