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Manatee teen charged with kidnapping, assaulting 5-year-old girl

MANATEE — A 16-year-old male has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation involving a 5-year-old female and kidnapping.

The suspect grabbed the victim when she walked by his residence on 60th Avenue Drive West and pulled her behind his house into his backyard Saturday night, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The victim was groped but uninjured, according to the report.

The victim escaped and ran home to tell her mother what happened, according to the report.

Deputies learned the suspect had battered his mother earlier in the day, according to the report.

The unnamed suspect has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation, kidnapping and domestic battery, according to the report. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011.

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