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Police set up command post after child abduction

12/28/2011 04:55 EST | Updated 02/27/2012 05:12 EST

Toronto police investigating the abduction and sexual assault of a four-year-old girl have set up a command post and plan to re-canvass the neighborhood where the girl was snatched from her bed early on Boxing Day.

Det. LeeAnn Papizewski of the sex crimes unit said Wednesday that the neighbourhood has been helpful.

"People have been talking to us and we've received a lot of information," she said, declining to mention any specifics of the case.

Papizewski said any neighbours who might have surveillance video should contact police.

The child, who was visiting from Connecticut, was taken from the home near Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue at about 3 a.m. on Monday, sex crime investigators said.

The girl's family called 911, then found her outside the house nearby and saw a man running away.

The suspect is described as white, 19 to 20 years old, and between five feet, six inches and five feet, 10 inches, with an average build.

He was wearing a blue jacket with a red stripe or a sweatshirt and a toque, hat or hoodie.

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