CINCINNATI, Ohio (CBS Cleveland/AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio have charged a 13-year-old boy with raping a 5-year-old girl at a McDonald’s play area.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the alleged assault occurred Oct. 29 at a McDonald’s in the Cincinnati suburb of Anderson Township. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Barnett says the girl’s grandmother was nearby in the restaurant at the time.
Judson Pickard, the owner of the McDonald’s location, said in a statement that he will cooperate fully with the investigation.
“The safety and well-being of my customers, especially children, is extremely important,” he said. “As a parent myself, I was very upset to learn about this situation.”
Barnett says the boy’s parents brought him to the sheriff’s office last week after authorities released a security camera photo of the suspect. Barnett says the boy was taken to the juvenile detention center.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office declined further comment to CBS Cleveland, as it is a pending case in juvenile court.
CBS Cleveland also reached out to the Anderson Township Police Department for comment.
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