Creek County deputies arrested 24-year-old Tommy Braden on Tuesday.
“I couldn’t sleep for the whole weekend. I just couldn’t sleep. Not knowing who it was, or why it happened,” said Rachael, a neighbor.
Neighbors down the street are still in shock.
“It was sickening. I cannot believe.. we’ve got too many kids around here for something like that to happen,” Rachael said.
Deputies say Tommy Braden actually called 911 himself on Friday morning, telling police he thought someone had broken into the house and raped the little girl.
When deputies arrived at the Mobile Manor South trailer park near 161st and Hickory in Sapulpa, they found the child covered in blood from the waist down.
They also found the family dog stabbed and killed. Braden was the only other person there.
An ambulance took the child to the hospital. She’s staying with family now, and deputies say she’s doing okay.
But they say Braden’s story didn’t add up.
“Upon further investigation and everything, it became apparent to us that we didn’t believe that the story was truthful,” said Captain John Davis with the Creek County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say Braden lives with the girl’s mother, but is not her father. The couple has a two-year-old son together.
“Me and my wife just kind of cried, and thought, what if that was our kids,” said resident Matthew Irby.
Residents say they’re just glad a suspect is locked up.
“It’s real sad you know. I’m glad he’s gone, I’m glad he’s off the streets,” Irby said.
Braden will likely be charged with one count of child sexual abuse. It carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Right now Braden is in the Creek County jail. No bail has been set yet. He is set to face a judge Wednesday morning.
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