Security camera footage in India caught a suspected child rapist in India leading his alleged six-year-old victim down a dark street before raping and murdering her.
In the short video, the man is shown luring the girl with an item and then taking her down a deserted street at around 11.30 p.m. on Thursday last week.
They were then seen walking side-by-side before the little girl tries to make an escape by running away.
However, she immediately turns around and returns to him after he called for her.
The CCTV camera caught them walking together into the distance and then caught the man returning alone at around 2:30 a.m.
It was reported that the girl was attending a nearby wedding in the city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh with her parents before she was abducted.
When the parents noticed that their child was missing from the marriage venue, they notified the local police who then began searching for the girl.
“The victim, who was sleeping beside her family members at the wedding venue, got up in the middle of the night as she felt thirsty. She went to a water point there to quench her thirst,” a police official told the Hindustan Times.
“When she did not return, her worried family members launched a search, but failed to find her,” the police official added.
Hours after the search, the girl’s body was discovered in the woods in Gwalior, India about 500 meters away from the wedding venue.
According to MailOnline, the CCTV footage led to the arrest of a suspect who was found to be a member of the catering team hired for the wedding the victim’s family had attended.
While the suspect is still being questioned for his role in the crime, the post-mortem report has indicated that the victim was sexually assaulted and that her face had also been badly mutilated by a large stone.
“Our team reached the spot along with the forensic experts, after seeing the crime scene it is quite clear that the child had undergone a brutal sexual assault,” Gwalior Police Senior Superintendent Dharmraj Meena was quoted as saying.
“The criminal had used a big stone to smash her face and kill her. We have started an investigation and the culprit will be apprehended soon. Right now we have zeroed in on one person who is a part of the catering team, we are questioning him for further leads,” Meena added.