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Man Accused In Rape Of Toddler Breaks Down Door To Get To Victim: Police

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A Chicago-area man accused in the rape of a toddler broke down a door in order to get to the victim, prosecutors said.

Demetrio Campbell, 27, faces charges of predatory criminal sexual assault and home invasion after he allegedly attacked a 4-year-old girl last week.

Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's office, said Campbell at first tried to lure the toddler and her older sister, who were playing outside a Calumet Park home.

When the girls ran inside the house and locked the door, he allegedly chased after them and kicked in the door, according to CBS News.

Two other people were in the residence, and Campbell ordered one of them to get out of the house. That person left and contacted police. Unfortunately, help didn't come in time. Campbell allegedly raped the little girl in a bedroom.

When police arrived, they found the suspect smoking a cigarette inside a closet. He was arrested and held without bond in Cook County Jail.

The suspect's grandfather, Charles Campbell, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his grandson has a history of "mental issues," but didn't think him capable of harming a child.

“His mind is not too good... He just talks crazy,” Charles Campbell told the newspaper. "Something must have snapped."

Demetrio Campbell has two prior felony convictions for burglary and aggravated robbery, according to WLS. He has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

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