Friday, February 16, 2001

Rape of 2-year-old alleged

Suspect held on $1 million cash bond in Clermont Co.

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        BATAVIA — An Amelia man accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl remained Thursday in the Clermont County Jail on a $1 million cash bond.

        Kenneth Fille Jr., 22, was charged with rape after the mother of the child discovered blood in her diaper and took her to a hospital, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said.

        Mr. Fille was given the high bond Thursday after a hearing in Clermont County Municipal Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.

        The sheriff said that Mr. Fille made statements indicating to police he was responsible for the assault and that he cooperated with authorities.

        Officials at Mercy Hospital Clermont notified police Wednesday night of the suspected rape. The toddler was transferred to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, where she was treated and released, hospital officials said.

        The child was returned to the mother, Sheriff Rodenberg said. Mr. Fille was close to the family and had been left alone at times with the child, he said.

        “These are probably the worst type of cases to have, in a way, because it's the victimization of such a small, defenseless individual,” the sheriff said. “She (the mother) left the baby with someone she thought she could trust.”


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