The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reports an 8-year-old girl was abducted from her Carmichael home early Sunday morning, but was able to return home safely.
The incident was on the 5000 block of Adelaide Way about 3 a.m. Sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. Lisa Bowman said a man entered the girl's home through an unlocked door and forced her to go with him to a wooded area nearby.
"She was taken while she was asleep," the victim's mother, who did not want to be identified, said.
"She didn't realize what was happening until she was out the door," she added.
While in the wooded area, the suspect released the girl, and she ran back home without serious injury.
The kidnapper was described as white in his late teens or early 20s. He had short brown hair combed back and dark brown eyes. He was 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and weighed between 120 and 160 pounds.
The girl, who is in h the third grade, described the abductor as clean-shaven with acne marks that were healing. He wore a black shirt and blue jeans.
"Take extra caution, lock your doors and check on your kids a couple of extra times," the victim's mother said.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may recognize the individual shown in the accompanying composite sketch was asked to contact sheriff's detectives at (916) 874-5115. Tips may also be left at the sheriff's website, by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword SSD, or at (916) 874-TIPS (8477).