JAMES Chadwell II, the man who pled guilty to attempted murder and child molestation after a missing 9-year-old girl was rescued from his home, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Chadwell, who pleaded guilty in October to those charges in addition to kidnapping, criminal confinement, strangulation and batter, was handed a 90-year-old prison sentence on Thursday.
Court documents show the 9-year-old girl was lured into Chadwell’s home on April 19 to pet his dogs.
That’s when Chadwell attacked and strangled the little girl before forcing her into the basement where he assault her, according to court documents.
The little tot told police that Chadwell repeatedly made threats to kill her should she scream or tell anyone what happened.
Chadwell will not be eligible for parole until 2091 under current Indiana law.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington was pleased with the verdict on Thursday.
“As I told the mother, what this means today to her and her family, they can go home and tell the child involved in this case that she can rest tonight, knowing she’s safe,” said Harrington.
“This man will never be in a position to get out of prison or to hurt her again.”
“The victim fought the defendant, and is a true survivor of this unimageable attack,” Harrington added.
“The family thanked the Lafayette Police Officers for their outstanding effort to quickly locate the victim, and save her from any further harm,” he said.
The girl’s mother had called police on April 19 after she had gone missing for only half an hour, at around 7PM.
After police were told that Chadwell had made comments of seeing the girl after she was reported missing, they paid himm a visit, which is just a minute down the road from her home.
There, he told them that the girl had been at his home earlier but she had left. when police continued to search for the girl and returnedd to Chadwell’s home with a search warrant, they found the girl in the basement with bruising and a dog bite on her leg.
Back in October during Chadwell’s trial, Harrington added that the guilty plea meant the jury did not have to watch the officer’s bodycam video.
“It’s so graphic that most people who observed it have sought mental health treatment,” Harrington said. “It’s disturbing. It’s disturbing that a human being could ever treat another person in this matter.”
Instead, Chadwell’s public defender says his client is taking responsibility.
“He owns it,” Shay Hughes said. “Our hearts go out to the victim and the victim’s family.”
There is renewed hope that Chadwell might be related to the killing of two girls in Delphi, Indiana.
Investigators working on the 2017 case believe there “might” be a connection given “several factors” leading police to look into Chadwell’s kidnapping of the little girl.
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