Little Girl From Charedi Family
Taken From Her Bed and Sexually Assaulted
Girl may be victim of botched abduction, assault
By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun
December 26, 2011
A four-year-old girl found wandering around a north Toronto neighbourhood early Monday may be the victim of a sexual assault and a botched abduction.
Family members located the child around 3:30 a.m., according to Toronto Police, but it was not immediately clear how she ended up outside.
Investigators from 32 Division and the sex crimes unit are concerned the man may have snatched the girl from the house as she slept.
If so, the abductor may have been scared off when he was spotted by a witness. Staff-Sgt. Andy Norrie said "an independent witness" reported seeing a man flee the area on foot around the same time the girl was found.
"Not much is known at this point," Norrie said.
The youngster was found in "close proximity" to a house her family was visiting for the holidays, Norrie added.
Although the girl had no obvious injuries, it was reported she was sexually assaulted and taken to hospital to be checked out.
Officers were canvassing the neighbourhood, urging anyone with information to call 416-808-3200.
Four-year-old girl abducted from home, sexually assaulted on Boxing Day morning
National Post Staff Dec 26, 2011 – 6:49 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 26, 2011 11:08 PM ET
By Tristin Hopper and Megan O’Toole
Police are combing Toronto for a young man who entered a North York home early Monday morning, abducted a four-year-old from her bed and sexually assaulted her in a neighbour’s yard.
Between 3 and 3:30 a.m. the parents of the girl “awoke to find that the child was not in her bed,” Detective Constable Roger Villaflor with the Toronto Police sex crimes unit later told reporters at the scene.
The girl’s family members quickly ventured outside of the house, where they spotted the girl across the street in the yard of a neighbour, just as a man was fleeing the scene. The whole episode lasted “minutes,” reported a Toronto Police release.
As the four-year-old was loaded into an ambulance to be taken to the hospital for examination, police were initially unsure if the child has been sexually assaulted. “We do a broad investigation and once we start to have some facts, we narrow it down,” Staff Sergeant Andy Norrie told the Post Monday afternoon. By Monday evening, however, police were able to confirm that the girl had been the victim of a sexual assault.
The child is now in the care of family. According to neighbours interviewed by Global News, the girl was in town from Connecticut to celebrate Hanukkah with her grandparents. Police are saying the assailant was a complete stranger to the family.
The incident occurred on Charleswood Drive, a short suburban street just north of Highway 401, near the intersection of Bathurst and Wilson. The back fence of the property opens onto a Wilson Avenue strip mall. On Monday morning, many neighbours awoke to the news after seeing police cars and news vans parked outside the single-storey home, which was marked off with police tape. Throughout the day, as investigators combed through the yard where the girl was found, officers knocked on doors throughout the neighbourhood looking for information. “I did not see anything; all I can say is I’m so sorry for what happened,” one elderly neighbour told the Post by phone.
Nevertheless, by mid-day police has uncorroborated reports that neighbours had heard a scream before seeing a man running from the scene. “There were some witnesses who saw somebody fleeing,” said Staff Sgt. Norrie. Police say the suspect is a white male, 19-20 years of age and between 5’6” and 5’10”. He was spotted at the time of the crime wearing a blue jacket with a red stripe or a sweatshirt and a toque, hat or hoodie.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in the case. “Please retweet and help [Toronto Police Service]!” wrote Toronto Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly in a Monday Tweet linked to a story on the attempted abduction.
ווי עס ווערט איבערגעגעבען, איז דאס אן אידיש קינד פון א חרדישע משפחה
חרדיש מיידעלע ארויסגעכאפט פון בעט אינמיטען דער נאכט און ר"ל געשענדעט
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg
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