5-year-old girl escapes abduction; 14-year-old boy arrested

ARLINGTON, TN (WMC) - A 14-year-old boy abducted a 5-year-old girl in Arlington and assaulted her before she was able to escape.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office confirmed the 14-year-old is in juvenile custody for what he did to the young girl. However, investigators will not release any details of what happened since the suspect is a minor.

Neighbors said it happened Friday night in the Villages of Summer Meadows subdivision.

A spokesperson for the family of the 5-year-old said they've seen the teenage boy riding his bike in the area in the past. Friday, he grabbed the young girl, forced her over to a nearby street, and assaulted her.

The little girl was able to get away. She was taken to the hospital and later released.

"Being a single mother with a daughter, it makes me more paranoid," one neighbor said. "It makes you want to hold your kids closer to you."

Neighbors said they hope Shelby County Sheriff's Office will increase patrols in the area, and they hope the young girl will get justice for what was done to her.

The 14-year-old was arrested and sent to juvenile court. It's unclear if he is still in juvenile custody.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman said the entire situation is unfortunate.

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