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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.

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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