Kentucky police say a 29-year-old Louisville man smacked an 8-year-old girl over the head with a shovel, raped her, and stole her Apple iPad — in broad daylight.
Cane Madden, 29, is accused of assault, robbery, and the rape of a victim under the age of 12, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com.
Around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 10, police responded to reports that an “eight-year-old had been hit in the head with a shovel and robbed of her iPad,” the affidavit stated. The child, who hasn’t been named, was transported to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville. She sustained a skull fracture, as well as cuts and bruises. Medical personnel noted that the child had “significant bruising and tearing of the vaginal wall, which is indicative of sexual assault.” It’s unclear how Madden and the 8-year-old came in contact.
Authorities said Madden was spotted in the Louisville neighborhood before the alleged rape took place, as well as afterward. He allegedly admitted to police that he had knowledge of the attack and provided detectives with “intimate details of the physical assault with the shovel and fists, as well as the sexual assault to include both digital and penile penetration.”
The alleged attack, which took place near downtown Louisville in the city neighborhood of California, shook residents.
“Well, there’s only one kind of prayer you can send,” Ruth Watkins, a neighborhood resident, told Fox affiliate WDRB-TV.
“It’s ‘Lord have mercy, and Lord send the angels to watch over her,’” she added. “Oh, it was a hurting, paining feeling going through my heart to know that something like that would happen on this street.”
Madden, who was arrested after being questioned by law enforcement, has an extensive criminal history that includes other alleged violent sex crimes. In 2017, police accused Madden of “digitally penetrating” and biting a woman “on her face above her left eye, removing a large chunk of the victim’s face,” according to a separate arrest citation obtained by Oxygen.com from the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
The victim sustained “serious physical injury.” Madden then told police he would “kill” the victim and that she would “end up in a body bag.” He was later placed on suicide watch after investigators determined he was a potential threat to himself.
“Suspect stated hung himself before while being in jail,” according to the 2017 police report.
Madden was also charged with burglary in 2017, but the case was dismissed because he was deemed incompetent to stand trial, according to the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office.
Madden is being held on a $1 million bond, according to the Courier-Journal. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in court on Monday.
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