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A Hodgenville man was charged early Sunday with attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse (victim under age 12), first-degree attempted rape and resisting arrest.
According to Kentucky State Police Post 4 spokesman Norman Chaffins, Jetto Dye, 28, took a sleeping child from his residence in the 1800 block of River Road into a wooded area behind the house. Her parents had been visiting at Dye’s home and left briefly while the 10-year-old girl was asleep.
Dye allegedly sexually assaulted the child and attempted to choke her to stop her from screaming.
As she continued to resist, her parents returned to the home. Fearing he would be discovered, Dye allegedly abandoned the child and fled further into the woods.
The child was recovered and taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.
Post 4 Troopers and K-9 Faro responded to the scene just before midnight Saturday and searched the area. Dye was located and refused to comply with officers, according to KSP.
LaRue County Deputy Robby Brownfield, who assisted at the scene, said Dye ran into a steep ravine behind the home and concealed himself
“The dog tracked him down a creekbed,” said Brownfield. “The dog stopped and turned toward a thicket. (Dye) was told to identify himself – he didn’t respond.”
Faro was released and Dye was placed into custody.
After his introduction to Faro, Dye was “packed” up the ravine by officers and LaRue County and Rolling Fork firefighters, Brownfield said.
Dye was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital and transferred to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment of dog bite.
“He had a pretty bad bite on his leg,” Brownfield said. Dye is listed in serious condition and was scheduled for surgery.
KSP was assisted also by Nelson County EMS and LaRue County EMS. KSP Detective John Vaughn is investigating.
Dye is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in LaRue District Court; however, it was noted in court records that he may still be hospitalized.
UPDATE: Dye was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center June 6 under $500,000 cash bond. He will be arraigned June 13.