Police said the girl was taken into a wooded area behind the house where she and her family were staying.
The house in Hodgenville where police said the girl was staying with her family.
HODGENVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 28-year-old man is facing charges after police said he kidnapped a sleeping 10-year-old girl and attempted to rape her.
Kentucky State Police responded to a call around 11:59 p.m. Saturday at a home on River Road in the LaRue County community of Hodgenville.
Police said that is where 28-year-old Jetto Dye lives. Dye allegedly took the visiting girl into a wooded area behind the house.
"He had taken the girl into the wooded area, sexually assaulted her and attempted to rape her," said Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Norman Chaffins.
Police said the girl and her mother were visiting Dye and his family and stayed the night. Police said around midnight, the family ran an errand, leaving Dye and the girl at home.
Once attacked, investigators said the girl started to kick and scream, fighting for her life. Police said Dye tried to choke her to stop her from screaming.
"It scared him enough where he let go of her and fled off into the woods. Her screaming got the family's attention and other people's attention and that's what saved her life is that she fought for her life out there," Chaffins said.
The girl ran to family members who had just returned home.
They called police, who arrived and scoured the wooded area for Dye. They later brought in their canine unit, which helped nab the suspect.
"We made several attempts to tell him to show us his hands, and he refused to do so, and we let go of the dog, and the dog got him in the leg, and that's how we apprehended Mr. Dye," Chaffins said.
Dye was bitten in the leg and required surgery.
Dye's relatives said they don't understand the developments, saying Dye is a quiet man.
"It's one that you never dreamed of anything like this at all," said Ricky Hellard, a relative of Dye.
"I never expected anything like that out of him. He's always been one that stays to himself and stays away from women," relative Ronnie Hardin said.
Dye was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of the dog bite. He was transferred to University of Louisville Hospital where he was listed in serious condition Sunday night.
Dye is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, sexual abuse, attempted rape and resisting arrest. Other charges may be pending.
Dye's relatives said he has mental disabilities, but they never imagined anything like this would take place.
The 10-year-old girl was taken to a hospital. She is expected to be okay.
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