Police investigating sexual assault of 8-year-old girl

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 11:43 PM

KENT, Wash. - An 8-year-old girl is being treated at the hospital, and a 14-year-old male is in custody as police investigate a reported rape.

The young girl said she was sexually and physically assaulted by the 14-year-old male who is a friend of one of the victim's family members, according to Kent police.

Detective Melanie Frazier said at 4:27 p.m. police were called to a hotel located in the 25100 block of 74th Avenue South in Kent.

Police say the 8-year-old managed to make her way inside the hotel and ask for help after being assaulted in a nearby wooded area.

With information the victim provided, police were able to quickly track down the 14-year-old suspect at a nearby residence. He was taken into custody.

"We do deal with a lot of cases everyday and we deal with rapes," said Frazier. "When it comes to a victim that is an 8-year-old and you know the seriousness of the crime, it hits home for us too."

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, but her condition was not available Thursday night.

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