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Arrest Made in Kidnapping, Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old Girl in Delaware

New Castle County Police will announce an arrest in the case during a news conference Monday afternoon at 1

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    We will soon find out who New Castle County Police charged in the abduction and sex assault of a 4-year-old girl last month. NBC10’s Tim Furlong has the latest.

    (Published Monday, May 8, 2017)

    UPDATE: Police charged Daniel Santucci Jr. with kidnapping and sexually assaulting the girl.


    An arrest has been made in the abduction and sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Delaware. 

    New Castle County Police will announce an arrest in the case during a news conference Monday at 1 p.m., according to NBC10's Tim Furlong. They have not yet revealed the identity of the suspect in custody.

    The child was kidnapped while playing with friends in the Plum Run neighborhood of Pike Creek on April 6, witnesses said. Witnesses described her abductor as a white man with dark hair and driving a dark sedan with tinted windows. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on the 4800 block of Sugar Plum Court. She was approached by the suspect and taken to his car. The two then sped off, causing several children to scream. A woman heard the cries and called officials. Arrest in Abduction and Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old Girl in DelawareArrest in Abduction and Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old Girl in Delaware

    Police say they've arrested a suspect in the abduction and sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Delaware. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas speaks to members of the community who have been on edge since the incident occurred in April.

    (Published Monday, May 8, 2017)

    "The person approached the little girl and he said he had something for her mommy," neighbor Megan Gardner told police. "She went to get it from him and he grabbed her."

    Police found the young girl two hours later in a nearby park wearing little clothing. She was taken to a local hospital where investigators discovered signs of sexual assault. She was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries.

    While the community remains on edge, residents say news of an arrest a month later gives them hope that the child and her family will have a chance at justice.

    "Oh my gosh you feel it because you have your own kids," Maggie Gonzales, a resident, said. "And I wanted that person to be found."

    Arrest Made in Abduction and Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old GirlArrest Made in Abduction and Sexual Assault of 4-Year-Old Girl

    New Castle County police arrested a man accused of kidnapping and sexually-assaulting a 4-year-old girl back in April. NBC10’s Aundrea Cline-Thomas has the details.

    (Published Sunday, May 7, 2017)