Man accused of sexually assaulting girl, 9, could be linked to 2017 murders

Man accused of sexually assaulting girl, 9, could be linked to 2017 murders


Authorities are looking into whether an Indiana man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl might be connected to the 2017 killings of two teenagers in the state, according to reports on Wednesday.

James Chadwell II, 42, was arrested in Lafayette on April 19, after police found the child locked in his basement, about an hour after she went missing, the Journal & Courier reported.

Prosecutors allege Chadwell lured her into his home with the promise that she could pet his dog — and then beat, strangled and sexually assaulted her.

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The incident took place about 20 miles from Delphi, where 13-year-old Abigail “Abby” Williams and 14-year-old Liberty “Libby” German were murdered on Feb. 13, 2017.

Four years after two teenage girls were killed in northern Indiana during a winter hiking trip. Authorities say they are still “diligently” investigating the unsolved slayings and seeking more tips.Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier via AP File

Investigators believe the eight-graders were

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