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A manhunt is underway for a Florida man accused of brutally raping a child, leaving her bleeding in a bathroom.
The child was found injured on Monday and, at first, her family thought the injuries were the result of an accident, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
“Deputies learned of the crime after the child was brought to a hospital for injuries her family believed she sustained during a fall,” the sheriff's office wrote. “Medical professionals who examined the child contacted deputies when they suspected a crime that was sexual in nature.”
While at the hospital, the child "was upset and was continuously crying due to her injury," according to an incident report obtained by Oxygen.com. She is now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to the sheriff’s office.
Authorities are now trying to catch the culprit behind the horrendous attack. They believe that Roberto Lopez, 40, sexually assaulted the little girl before leaving her bleeding on a bathroom floor, according to the incident report.
A witness, who picked Lopez as the suspect out of a lineup, said she had never seen him before Monday. She ran into him after she heard crying from the bathroom where the victim was injured.
The witness "knocked on the bathroom door and a male subject opened the door and left the residence,” the incident report read, adding that she "observed the man to have blood on him and observed blood on the floor of the bathroom as well. She also observed a little girl inside the bathroom with blood on the child as well.”
Both the relationship between witness and victim and victim and Lopez is unclear.
Lopez is wanted on a charge of sexually battering a juvenile under the age of 12. He is known to go by several aliases which include: Rigoberto Lopez Velasquez; Marco Velasquez; Mario Velasquez; Marcos VasquezPerez; Marcos Velasquez; Rigoberto Lopez; Pascual Lopez Garcia; Marcos Vasquez Perez and Marcos Perez Vasquez, according to the sheriff's office.
Anyone with information about Lopez’ whereabouts is urged to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300.
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