Court documents: 9-year-old victim says James Chadwell sexually assaulted her

Court documents say she was found with blood on her face, and several injuries including marks on her neck.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 4:38 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 5:07 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Recently filed court documents are shedding more light on the criminal confinement case of a young girl. 

As we previously reported, Lafayette Police received a call of a missing child near Park Avenue on Monday. In the probable cause affidavit filed on Wednesday, Lafayette Police were told that a 9-year-old girl had left her home around 6:30 p.m. It says that why police were searching for her in the neighborhood, they went to James Chadwell's home where he told police she had been at his home earlier but had since left.

Police ultimately went back to Chadwell's home a second time. Chadwell gave police permission to search his home where they found the girl in his basement.

Lafayette Police Lieutenant Randy Sherer said the police team found her in less than an hour.

"The community that was involved in the area, they provided information to the police officers that ultimately led us to that location," he said. "We're very grateful to the community and grateful that we have that working relationship with them."

The court document says she was found with blood on her face, and several injuries including marks on her neck. It says that she told police that Chadwell had choked her, hit her and forced her into the basement where he sexually assaulted her. She told police that Chadwell threatened to kill her if she screamed or told anyone what happened.

Lt. Sherer also said she had a dog bite and that there were two dogs found in Chadwell's home. He said now is the time for parents to have a conversation with your children about safety.

"Take the time to use this incident as a discussion point that you can have with your child and educate them that there are people out there that will victimize children," he said.

Chadwell was arrested for Criminal Confinement and is currently being held at the Tippecanoe County Jail. Formal charges need to be filed against Chadwell by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor by 2 p.m. on Monday the 26th.

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