Handyman Accused Of Kidnapping 3-Year-Old From Baby Shower, Then Molesting Her
A handyman has been charged with kidnapping a 3-year-old girl from a Boyle Heights baby shower Saturday and sexually molesting her.The mother of the little girl noticed she was missing from a party about 11 p.m. Three hours later LAPD officers found Edward Lopez, 55, naked and in a locked shed nearby with the child, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Lopez is a handyman who worked on properties in the area, according to KTLA. The girl's family was hosting a baby shower, and Lopez and another friend asked if he could join the party. Lopez was arrested at the scene after a struggle with police. He was injured during his arrest. Doctors at a local hospital said the little girl wasn't physically injured.
Lopez is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon. He's being charged with one count each of oral copulation of a child under 10, kidnapping to commit a lewd act on a child and lewd act on a child. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.