4-year-old Middle Tennessee girl at center of Endangered Child Alert found

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A missing 4-year-old girl who had been at the center of an Endangered Child Alert has been found.  

Kalynn Turnbow’s father brought her to detectives Monday afternoon and he is cooperating with authorities.  

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“That was our hope all along that once he got the message – that DCS had a referral and had to investigate that he would work with us and cooperate. Once that information was given to him, he made that right choice and we appreciate that so he can come in and have his peace and say what happened in the case and tell his side of the story,” Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said. 

Kalynn was immediately placed with detectives and the Department of Children’s Services. It is unknown if she will remain in DCS care or if she will be released to family members. 

Authorities said the little girl seems to be in good condition.  

“It is a relief. I think just not having that contact, with her condition, is what pushed it up. With her condition and medical condition we just want to make sure  that she’s getting the proper level of care that she needs. There’s nothing for us to say at this point that she did not receive that,” Bledsoe said. 

An Endangered Child Alert was issued for Kalynn over the weekend after the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office reported she had not been seen since Thursday at a physical therapist appointment with her father. 

Kalynn lost her mother in a car crash just before Thanksgiving last year. The little girl was paralyzed  in the crash and has been in the care of her father ever since. Last month she received care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for a broken leg. 

DCS will continue to investigate an initial complaint that triggered the Endangered Child Alert and led a judge to ask the agency to take custody of Kalynn on Friday.

It is unclear what that complaint was about and DCS could not comment on it.

Additional information was not immediately released.  

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