The mother of a 7-year-old girl who was abducted and sexually assaulted in Prince George's County last weekend had strong words for her daughter's attacker.
"Burn in hell for hurting our whole community and a whole family for a sick gratification. Burn in hell," she said she would tell him. A suspect has not yet been found.
The girl was riding a bike with her friends around 3 p.m. Saturday at the Woods of Marlton apartment complex on Heathermore Boulevard in Upper Marlboro, Md., when she wandered away from the group.
Officials said a man then abducted her at gunpoint, took her behind a row of apartments in the complex and sexually assaulted her. He then ran from the scene.
The victim described her attacker as a bald, white man, heavy set, about six feet tall with a gray, goatee-style beard without a mustache.
"She's hurt," the girl's mother said as she broke down into tears. "...She's usually waiting for me to go to the pool. And her friends came and wanted to go outside."
Her daughter has been released from the hospital and is undergoing counseling.
"We are both going to counseling because I've never been through this before and she's never been through this before," the victim's mother told News4's Shomari Stone.
Prince George's County Police cadets Monday did a painstaking grid search of the wooded area behind the complex where the attack is said to have taken place. Police distributed fliers and are offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
One resident of the complex told News4 she sent her 7-year-old and 12-year-old to stay with relatives.
Another resident told News4's Jackie Bensen he heard the child yelling for her mother during the time of the attack.
If you have any information, contact Prince George's County Police at 301-772-4908.