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An Indiana man who kidnapped a child and then tried to kill her has received 90 years in prison for the attack which was so horrific, that several connected to it have sought mental health treatment.
A judge handed down the sentence to James Brian Chadwell II, 42, on Thursday, two months after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and child molestation for the April incident, Fox 59 in Indianapolis reports. He got an extra two decades added to his sentence because he was a habitual offender, the outlet notes. He will first be eligible for parole in 2091.
Chadwell had lured the 9-year-old victim into his Lafayette home on April 19 of this year by inviting her to pet his dogs, local outlet WTHR reported. The child, his neighbor, was then reported missing.
As her family and authorities scrambled to find her, Chadwell beat and sexually assaulted the child as he planned to murder her. Lafayette police officers ultimately discovered the child locked in his basement.
The girl survived but suffered bruising on her head and body, strangulation marks, and a dog bite on her leg.
“[Chadwell] hit her in the head multiple times because she was fighting back," an affidavit obtained by WLFI in April stated. "Victim 1 said Chadwell was also choking her with his hands on her neck and also using his arm in a headlock, to the point where she passed out. Victim 1 said most of her clothes were off when she regained consciousness and Chadwell took her into the basement."
Following the verdict, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington stated, “The victim fought the defendant, and is a true survivor of this unimageable [sic] attack.”
Bodycam footage following the incident, in which police rescued the naked victim, was “so graphic most people who observed it have sought mental health treatment,” Harrington has previously said, according to Law & Crime.
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