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Charges against a man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from a bench in a Chicago park


CHICAGO (CBS) – The man is being charged after a 7-year-old girl was snatched from a park bench in the South Shore neighborhood on Thursday.

23-year-old Jonathan Hill was detained by police on Saturday. He was charged with kidnapping under the age of 13 under aggravating circumstances, as well as with the crime of sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13. Under state law, this charge is for sexual intercourse against persons under 13 years of age by persons under 17 years of age and older.

On Thursday, a 7-year-old girl was sitting on a park bench along with two 13-year-old brothers next door. They turned their backs for a second, and that’s when police say Hill flew in and kidnapped the girl.

Someone later saw Hill and a 7-year-old girl walking down 76th and Coles, and called police because they noticed that the 7-year-old girl looked as if she needed help.

Police then found Hill and the little girl on the balcony, and he committed, as we now know, some sexual act on the girl.

The girl was taken to the Kamersky Children’s Hospital.

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