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This is a developing story. Check back at wkyc.com for updates.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s note: The video in the player above is from a story published on Jan. 4, 2021.

The Cleveland Division of Police is asking the public to help locate missing five-year-old Zanaya Thomas, who is believed to have been kidnapped by her mother’s live-in boyfriend. 

Officials were called to the 14200 block of Kingsford Road around 6 p.m. Monday for reports of a kidnapped child. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Zanaya’s mother who told them that 24-year-old James Hardges came to the home with a group of people, one who brandished a firearm, and kidnapped the five-year-old.

Police tell 3News that the incident possibly stemmed from accusations of the young girl being assaulted in the home.

Following a check of numerous locations, Zanaya and Hardges have still not been located. At this time, Hardges and Zanaya are believed to be in a maroon GMC Envoy, with Pennsylvania plate, ‘LLF 6539.’

Police believe that the man is traveling back to Pennsylvania where he, Zanaya and her mother reside. 

No more information is available at this time. 

Anyone who has information or sees the vehicle is encouraged to call 911.

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 

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