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.