Teen arrested for rape of 5-year-old in McDonald's play area

CLEVELAND Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:31pm EST

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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A 13-year-old boy has been arrested for the rape of a 5-year-old girl at a McDonald's Playland in southern Ohio, police said Friday.

The assault allegedly occurred on October 29 in Anderson Township, near Cincinnati. The 5-year-old old was visiting the restaurant with her grandmother and playing in the Playland area at the time of the alleged attack.

After investigating the complaint, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday released a photo of the suspect from the McDonald's camera to the news media, according to Lieutenant Michael L. Hartzler, a district commander.

The next day, the boy and his parents came into his department for an interview. Hartzler will not disclose what was said in the interview, but the juvenile was taken into custody.

He doesn't know whether the suspect will be tried as an adult. "Ultimately that will be decided by a juvenile court judge," Hartzler said.

In a statement, the owner of the McDonald's, Judson Pickard said, "The safety and well-being of my customers, especially children, is extremely important. As a parent myself, I was very upset to learn about this situation. I'm taking this matter very seriously and fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation."

"Obviously this is something we don't like to see," Lt. Hartzler said. "We tell parents don't take your eyes off your kids."

The suspect is awaiting arraignment in the Hamilton Juvenile Detention Center.

(Writing and reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Tim Gaynor)

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Comments (35)
julesocrazy wrote:
I blame everyone in this story. The Mcdonald’s has a security camera they look at for crooks and etc yet they couldn’t see a kid behaving strangely and go check up on it. Then there is the neglectful grandmother. Where was she in the story. It’s a mcdonalds and this is a playground not a big area. Was she busy eating a burger inside and not even bother to watch the girl playing outside? Where were all the witnesses and did they just turn a blind eye? This is a play area filled with kids most of the time and not one person said a thing until they look it up on cam.

Nov 11, 2011 7:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Buelligan wrote:
Calm down Jules. These play areas have plenty of tunnels and places where people can’t see and we don’t know the extent of the sexual assault. The act could have been less than 1 minute all told. Even if McDonald’s has someone watching the security cams all day (which I would bet my life savings they don’t) it all could have been over before anyone could have stopped it. Are you an attorney? Just wondering because you seem to be looking for a way to lay some blame with the deepest pockets.

At 13 you should be old enough to know what you are doing, and the kid is the one who should be held accountable.

Nov 12, 2011 9:39am EST  --  Report as abuse
Patriciav wrote:
People call me an over protective mother and I say whatever. I just know that the world is full of ugliness and we must protect kids no matter who kids they are from this ugliness.

Nov 12, 2011 2:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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