Authorities say a 6-year-old girl who was struck by a car along a Kansas City highway had run from a state foster home at least twice.

The Kansas City Star reports that the child remains in critical condition after she was hit Dec. 21 running across U.S. 40 toward the Tool Shed Lounge biker bar.

Ten days earlier, bar patrons called police to come get the girl after finding her wandering in the dark along the four-lane highway. Kansas City Police spokesman Capt. Lionel Colón says officers returned the child to her foster home. He says police also alerted "a state-appointed social service worker."

A Missouri Department of Social Services spokeswoman says no records can be released until it's determined that doing so won't harm the child or siblings.