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Hillsborough deputies say missing 5-year-old girl is endangered

Investigators believe Lesly Mendoza, 5, is endangered because of allegations of abuse.
Hillsborough deputies say Lesly Mendoza, 5, is missing and endangered because of allegations of abuse. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Hillsborough deputies say Lesly Mendoza, 5, is missing and endangered because of allegations of abuse. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Jan. 24

TAMPA — Hillsborough deputies are searching for a child who they believe is endangered.

Child protective investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office tried to speak with 5-year-old Lesly Mendoza on Jan. 17 and believe she is endangered because of allegations of abuse, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators obtained a court order to take the girl into custody but have been unable to locate her or her father.

Lesly is 3 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 50 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone who has information about the girl’s whereabouts to call (813) 247-8200.

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