An Alabama man is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl, who was subsequently hospitalized and underwent surgery following the attack.
Montgomery Adviser reports that 28-year-old Steven Sarandon Barnes was captured over the weekend and charged with first-degree rape and chemical endangerment of a child. According to Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson, Barnes is accused of raping the little girl on Thursday.
Following the incident, the child was first taken to Prattville Baptist Hospital, then rushed to surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.
Johnson said investigators swiftly found Barnes in a neighborhood off of 400 block of Deatsville Highway in Millbrook, the same neighborhood where the reported attack took place.
“I will say that this is one of the worst cases that I’ve seen in my 31 years in law enforcement,” Johnson said in a email statement to the outlet.
District Attorney Randall Houston, who wants additional charges against the suspect, said he hopes to ensure Barnes never “sees the light of day.”
“This is one sick bastard who I hope never sees the light of day. We’ll do everything we can to make that happen.”
Barnes remains behind bars on $106,000, of which $100,000 must be paid in cash before his release.
The little girl is expected to survive the traumatizing ordeal.
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