Police say suspect was family friend
Baker Police arrested an 18-year-old man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl early Sunday morning after the child’s mother asked the teenager — a family friend — to come over and repair a broken shelf while she was at a party in Baton Rouge, police said.
Police booked Laderick T. McClain, 18, 2732 Appleton Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and an unrelated misdemeanor theft, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said in a news release.
Sometime after 10 p.m. Saturday, one of the mother’s three children — who are 11, 12 and 14 years old — called her to say a shelf supporting a cable box collapsed in the living room of their home, according to a police affidavit of probable cause.
The mother told her children to allow McClain to come to the house and make the necessary repairs, adding that McClain should leave once he finished, the affidavit says.
The siblings told police McClain did as instructed. Afterward, they fell asleep in different rooms of the house.
At some point, though, the 11-year-old girl woke up with a man — whom she told police she recognized as McClain — lying on top of her. The girl said he then raped her, the affidavit says.
Baker police later arrested McClain at his home on the misdemeanor theft bench warrant and took him to the Police Department to be interviewed. He told police he left the girl’s home but returned later and inappropriately touched her, although he denied raping her, the affidavit says.