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July 11, 2013 at 5:33 AM

7-year-old Puyallup girl assaulted; teen neighbor arrested

DOUG ESSER
Associated Press

A 7-year-old girl was playing outside with other children at an apartment community Wednesday evening in Puyallup when she was apparently lured into nearby woods and sexually assaulted, police said.

She was found choked and unable to walk but gave police enough information to arrest a 14-year-old neighbor boy, said Capt. Dalan Brokaw and Chief Bryan Jeter.

The girl was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma in serious condition and is expected to survive. Her parents were with her Thursday morning.

“She did have quite extensive injuries and was not able to walk under her own power,” Jeter said. “She’s an extremely brave and strong young girl to be able to survive this brutal attack.”

Investigators were waiting for a medical report to confirm suspicions of a sexual assault, he said.

It was a warm summer evening and children at the Glenbrooke apartment community were playing outside when the girl disappeared about 6 p.m. Wednesday. Family and friends searched for about two hours before reporting her missing.

“My guess is they thought she was in the complex somewhere. After a couple hours, it was not normal and they panicked a little bit,” Jeter said.

Police went door-to-door in the complex and checked cars in the parking lot. A police dog from the Normandy Park Police Department was brought in and it picked up a scent from a tennis shoe that was found on a trail.

The dog led its handler and searchers into a nearby wooded area where they found the girl early Thursday, after midnight.

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