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5-Year-Old Sunrise Girl Found After Search: Police

She was with her older brother and his girlfriend for much of the day watching movies

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    5-Year-Old Sunrise Girl Found After Search: Police
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    Shahanaj Capers speaking with reporters Friday evening.

    Police said they have found a 5-year-old Sunrise girl who went missing early Friday morning.

    Shahanaj Capers had been seen last by her mother at 9 a.m. when she went to school.

    It turns out that she was with her 22-year-old brother and his girlfriend for much of the day watching movies, but the brother's phone was off, police said.

    There are no charges pending and it was just a matter of miscommunication between the caretakers of the girl, police said.

    Shahanaj had gone missing from 5940 NW 16 Court in Sunrise.

    Authorities said she was left in the home with the woman's mother-in-law, who was in the home with the brother. Both of them were asleep.

    At 11 a.m., the mother-in-law woke up and realized the girl was missing. She checked at her school and when she wasn't there, the family called police.

    They eventually connected with a friend of the brother, leading to the girl's safe return.

    Authorities said early Friday evening they had reason to believe that Shahanaj was with a family member, and did not believe she is in danger.

    At a press conference, Shahanaj told reporters that she was glad to be home and glad to see her mother again.

    For her part, the mother said that when police told her her son had Shahanaj, she couldn't believe it until she saw her.

    Neighbors said the girl has another older brother as well.

    Police had set up a command center in the neighborhood and had roped off streets.

    For more on this story, watch NBC 6's 11 p.m. newscast.

    Note: This story initially said that Shahanaj Capers was last seen by her mother when she went to work, but her mother said Friday evening that she had actually gone to school.