The family of a little girl who went missing for a time from her Natomas elementary school is suing the school district.

Samaya Dillard is 7 years old.

This past December she allegedly had a minor problem with another student at Jefferson Elementary that ultimately led to her teacher, Lupe Rodriquez, later taking her outside.  

Samaya's parents say she was left there and wandered off to a nearby Natomas shopping center.  

She was missing for two hours.

Now, the family is suing the district saying it was an hour before the school told them Samaya was gone.

Natomas Unified School District responded with a written statement:

"The district currently is reviewing the claim. We cannot comment on its allegations or the parties involved because it is a pending legal matter, and because it involves a minor and a personnel issue. We can only say that we care deeply about all children in the Natomas Unified School district, we take any allegation seriously, and we are firmly committed to the safety of our students and the best interests of the community we serve."

-- Jim Sanders, Director of Communications/Natomas Unified School District.