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Police find scene in Springfield girl’s assault

Fairfax County police said they have found the scene where a 5-year-old girl was assaulted after being abducted from a bed in her Springfield home early Saturday.

Officer Don Gotthardt said the spot was in a “slightly wooded area” a short distance from the girl’s town home in the 7000 block of Brocton Court. At the scene, officers found new evidence that corroborates the girl’s story, but Gotthardt declined to say exactly what that was.

Officers canvassed the girl’s neighborhood on Sunday looking for clues, Gotthardt said.

An unknown intruder broke into the girl’s home some time after midnight, went upstairs and took the sleeping girl from her bed, police said. The girl’s parents and a 1-year-old sibling were asleep in the home at the time. The parents did not realize the girl had been abducted until she returned home at 4 a.m. Saturday and explained what happened, police said. It’s unclear how she made it home.

The girl was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries to her upper body, police said.

“Detectives are still attempting to determine whether this is a targeted crime or totally random,” Gotthardt said.

Police interviewed the girl on Sunday, but Gotthardt said she was still too emotionally traumatized to provide a good description of the attacker. Gotthardt said police are conducting tests to determine if the girl had been sexually assaulted.

Police are also collecting surveillance footage from the nearby Brookfield Plaza shopping center, hoping it will yield clues to the man’s identity, Gotthardt said.

Police are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious that night to call authorities.

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