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Orland Hills girl beaten in attempted abduction released from hospital

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A 12-year-old Orland Hills girl was released from the hospital Wednesday, after being attacked on her walk home from school Monday afternoon.

She fought off the would-be abductor, but suffered a devastating injury in the process that left her with no memory of anything but the moments before the attack.

For the girl's family there is relief that she is home Wednesday, but there are still a lot of questions that they are grappling with after the attack. The most pressing one: when will she regain her memory that appears to have been wiped out by the stress of the incident?

"Nobody likes to be in this, really," her father told FOX 32's Craig Wall Wednesday. "A daughter doesn't remember her father, or her mother, that would be really hard for us. I hope she's getting better. This is the most important and it's better as what happened, it could be worse, as if she's been taken in the car, could be happen anything, but thank God she was very strong, was able to call 911."

Her father says his daughter does not recognize him or her mother. She also doesn't know who her friends are or where she goes to school.

The victim's brother and the rest of her family are struggling with what happened, hoping the girl's amnesia is only temporary.

"It's pretty scary," the girl's brother says. "Especially in a good neighborhood, and somebody just comes and tries to take her, it's pretty scary. She has loss of memory, but she, like no brain damage, no nothing."

The girl got off her bus at 169th street in Orland Hills and was home when she noticed a man following her. She told her mother the man made sexual advances at her. Fearful, she called 911 and before the phone disconnected, she told the dispatcher where she was.

But before police could get there, the girl said the man grabbed her hair. She kicked him, but he kicked her back, choked her and then slammed her head into a tree.

When police arrived the girl was lying in a neighbor's yard, but she could not tell them her name.

"Obviously, being a 12-year-old girl, she was very traumatized," Orland Hills Police Chief Thomas Scully says. "We found her identification in her book bag and her mother came to the scene but she didn't recognize her mother at that time."

The would-be abductor fled in a small red car with another person driving.

Prairie View Middle School, where the girl attends school, sent out emails and robo-calls to parents, who now plan to be much more vigilant.

"It's gonna be now to the point that I'm gonna make sure I go down to the school bus with them, to the bus stop, wait for all the kids to get on the school [bus] because I start work later," parent Chris Kanofsky says.

The victim's brother shudders to think what might have happened.

"It's a good thing she called 911, because if she didn't, she would have already been captured and we wouldn't even find her," the girl's brother says.

The girl remains hospitalized at Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn. According to police, her injuries are not life-threatening. Her father says she will undergo an MRI in Wednesday morning, as they try to figure out what happened to the girl's head.

Police describe the attacker as white, in his late teens or early 20's. He was wearing a black ski mask, black gloves, and a black jacket.

The police chief calls this an isolated incident, but says there will be extra patrols in the area and near school as long as needed.

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