Mother: Daughter sexually assaulted in abandoned Pittsburgh house

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PITTSBURGH - A mother said a stranger forced her 13-year-old daughter into an abandoned house and sexually assaulted her.

Pittsburgh police are taking the case very seriously and have launched a full investigation, Channel 11’s Timyka Artist reported.

The girl was taking a shortcut home from a friend’s house and walking down a secluded alleyway when she allegedly walked into the hands of a predator.

The girl told police a man came up from behind, grabbed her from the neck and picked her up.

The mother said the man put a bag over her daughter’s face.

“She was kicking and screaming, and he appeared to have a gun to her head.  She couldn’t see it.  He said, ‘If you be quiet, I’ll bring you home,’” said the mother.

The girl believes she was taken to an abandoned house somewhere in the Hill District.  She told Zone 2 officers she was sexually assaulted over a period of hours before being dropped off in her backyard, where he brother was taking out the trash.  The girl was reportedly only wearing a jacket.

The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital.

“I’m just hurt. I’m hurt because I wasn’t there,” said the mother.

Police said they questioned one potential suspect but he was released.