‘One of the Worst Cases’: 5-Year-Old Girl Undergoes Surgery After Being Raped; Alabama Man Arrested

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An Alabama man is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl, who was hospitalized and underwent surgery following the attack.

Steven Barnes is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station WHNT.
Steven Barnes is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station WHNT.

News outlets report 28-year-old Steven Sarandon Barnes was arrested over the weekend on charges including first-degree rape and chemical endangerment of a child.

Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson says authorities responded Thursday to a Prattville hospital for a report of a sexually assaulted child. He says she underwent surgery, and he believed the girl was in stable condition as of Saturday.

Authorities identified Barnes as the suspect and later arrested him in the neighborhood where the attack happened.

Johnson says this is one of the worst cases he’s seen in his 31 years in law enforcement. Barnes is being held on $106,000 bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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