(Scroll down for video) People in a close knit community in Tennessee, were horrified to learn about the rape of a young girl on her way to school.
The 11-year-old girl was on her way to school in Memphis, when she was suddenly struck by an SUV.
However, this was no accident. Police said that the suspect came out of his vehicle, and abducted the child and raped her.
Police launched a massive manhunt to locate the suspect. They arrested 20-year-old Larry Ward, who has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, child rape and aggravated assault.
The incident occurred while the girl was walking to the bus stop on her way to Geeter Middle School. She was hit by the blue SUV at around 7:00 a.m. on Monday.
After he was done raping the child, Ward dumped her in a ditch at the side of a road.
Cameron Fifer was on his way to work when he found the girl crying. She told the man that she was raped.
The 11-year-old girl was taken to a hospital for care. She had bumps and bruises on her body, her mother said.