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Teenager charged in abduction of 5-year-old girl

A Springfield-area teenager has been arrested on charges that he abducted a 5-year-old girl from her bed and then sexually assaulted her in a wooded area near her home, Fairfax County police said Thursday.

The 16-year-old was arraigned on four charges in Fairfax County juvenile court Thursday in connection with the Aug. 27 incident.

An intruder broke into a townhouse in the 7000 block of Brocton Court in Springfield after midnight on Aug. 27, went upstairs and took the girl from her bed, Fairfax County police have said. The girl’s parents and 1-year-old sibling were at home, police said. They said the parents did not realize that the girl had been abducted until she returned home about 4 a.m. and told them what had happened.

In the days after the crime, police said they found a “slightly wooded area” a short distance from the home where they believe the child was attacked.

The teen has been charged with object sexual penetration, abduction with intent to defile, aggravated malicious wounding and burglary with intent to commit a felony, police said.

The teen had been previously arrested on charges that he burglarized a Springfield home in the 5800 block of Accomac Street on Aug. 24, police said.

“That’s when he came to the attention of investigators,” said Officer Bud Walker, a spokesman for the Fairfax County police.

A woman who was identified in court as the teen’s mother declined to comment on his arrest and arraignment. The Post does not generally name juveniles accused of crimes.

The youth is being held at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.


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