SOUTH PARK, Pa. (KDKA) – Police are investigating an incident that happened last night at a homecoming bonfire in South Park.
The South Park Township police chief said on Friday that there was an unconscious 12-year-old girl at Evans Park Thursday night just after 8:30 p.m.
#NEW: Concerned parents in South Park say they received this alert on their Ring doorbells last night at the same time the homecoming bonfire was taking place. I’m reaching out to police to learn more. @KDKA pic.twitter.com/N1YC3rj7n2
— MEGHAN SCHILLER (@MeghanKDKA) October 4, 2019
The chief says the child’s clothing was in disarray, but the child was unable to tell officers exactly what had happened.
The mother, who KDKA will not identify, talked to Meghan Schiller.
“She said the man came out of the woods and grabbed her and threw her glasses,” the mother said, recounting her daughter’s story. “That’s when he threw her to the ground and assaulted her. She said while he was assaulting her, he had his hands over her nose and mouth and so she couldn’t breathe and blacked out.”
Police say around 8:30 p.m., someone discovered the victim.
Lee Guzel, a local parent, said, “No one knew who she was and whenever I went up there, I knew who she was. The cops were like ‘what’s her last name?'”
She said her daughter was the last one to see the victim before the attack.
“For a 12-year-old, like, they shouldn’t deal with that,” said Guzel. “It’s disgusting.”
The South Park School District released a statement saying they have been notified of the investigation.
However, at this time, the district is unable to release any information, and they encourage anyone who has information to contact South Park police.
Other parents are seeking answers.
“We would like to know, was it a student? Was it somebody in the community? Do they know who did the attack? Or are they in custody? We don’t know any of that,” said Sara-Summer Oliphant, another local parent.
The school district says there will be counselors at school today for students.