Police Searching for Man They Say Sexually Assaulted 4-Year-Old

Sexual assault of four-year-old happened in the area of apartments at 5528 Meredith Drive and 5423 Aurora Avenue. (WHO-HD)

Sexual assault of four-year-old happened in the area of apartments at 5528 Meredith Drive and 5423 Aurora Avenue. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say a four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted Wednesday afternoon and they are searching for the suspect in the case.

It happened around 11:30 a.m. near 5528 Meredith Drive when a male suspect took the child to a tree line behind some garages and assaulted her. The child ran home after the assault and told her mother what happened. The mother then called police.

The child was able to provide a basic description of the suspect. He is an adult-sized black male who was wearing a white shirt and green and black shorts.

If you have any information on the man’s identity or noticed the man in the area of apartments near 5423 Aurora or 5528 Meredith, you’re asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 223-1400.

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