ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Sheriff's deputies have arrested a 13-year-old boy in the reported rape of a 5-year-old girl at a McDonald's, Ohio media reported Friday.
A spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department told WLWT.com the teen was arrested after his parents brought him to the sheriff's office. The boy admitted to the allegation, sheriff's officials said.
The girl told authorities that the boy sexually assaulted her at the play area inside a McDonald's restaurant on Beechmont Avenue in Anderson Township. The suspect had reportedly climbed into the play equipment to reach the girl, who was at the restaurant with her grandmother on Oct. 29, according to media reports.
Deputies released surveillance photos of the suspect to local media on Wednesday in an effort to identify him. The spokesman said the teen's parents saw the photos and contacted authorities on Thursday, according to WKRC TV in Cincinnati.
The sheriff's office said the teen has been charged with one count of rape and will be held at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center pending further proceedings.
The McDonald's franchise owner told WLWT he was cooperating with authorities.
"The safety and well-being of my customers, especially children, is extremely important," Judson Pickard said in a statement.
WLWT contributed to this report.