7 year old lured into the woods and attacked

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 9:26am

Neighbors in shock after attack on 7-year-old Puyallup girl.

A teenage boy now sits in juvenile hall after police say he attacked a seven year old girl then left her in the woods for hours.

The 14 year old suspect was escorted from his apartment to a waiting patrol car.

The suspect, who earlier had been out mingling with searchers.

Neighbor said he was giving false clues.

"He was saying something along the lines of she was riding a bicycle and then we later find out she was not riding a bicycle.")

Indeed she had been lying out in the woods seriously injured for more than 5 hours before she was found. A neighbor found a shoe and a police bloodhound went straight to her.

Police say her face had been badly beaten and choked so harshly she could hardly talk.

"She was conscious when she was found but unable to get out on her own the officers had to carry her out but was able to the communicate with the officers as to where she was able to identify a suspect to us. Brave young lady."

The girl was rushed to the hospital. The boy was taken in for questioning.

"It's just unimaginable to me. I can't conceive of that. So, I think he should be tried as an adult. I really do."

It has parents wondering if their children could have been targets.

" It scared me because my daughter played all the time with her."

Now their focus is on supporting the victim and her family, as it has been from the moment she disappeared.

"A whole bunch of us here in the complex, said a prayer for her in a circle."

"The Chaplain did a prayer with mom and mom thanked people but you know she was kind of numb."

The girl remains here in the hospital while the boy faces serious charges.

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