A 15-year-old Chicago school girl was beaten and sexually assaulted on Tuesday as she headed to school on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. The girl was within a half-block of a Safe Passage route - routes which were designed after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel led the way for 50 school closings in Chicago last summer.
The girl reportedly left home to go to school a little after 6 a.m. and was headed for a bus stop down the block in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side of the city.
About two hours after the incident, a neighbor – Michael Klochowski - saw the girl on the ground in the back of his home in the 2400 block of North Long Avenue. In the freezing temperatures, she was laying with blood on the ground around her head and her pants had been taken off. Klochowski found the girl moving slightly – though she didn’t say anything.
It is believed that the girl was struck in the head as she walked to catch a bus at Long and Fullerton Avenue - a main thoroughfare in Chicago - that would take her to a charter school some six miles away from her home. Then she was dragged down a gangway to Klockowski’s backyard where she was beaten and sexually assaulted. When police arrived, she was near the neighbor’s back door, bleeding from the back of her head, in a pool of blood.
The police report reveals that the girl’s book bag, a set of keys, a pair of gloves and one of her boots were found in the area. Also, a condom wrapper was found at the end of the gangway alongside the house. Blood was found in the gangway, making a pathway to the neighbor’s back door – as well as being found on the side of the house and on the door – likely from the girl trying to reach for the doorbell of the neighbor’s house.
The neighbor said he had just gotten up when he went outside and found the girl. Prior to that time, he says he heard no noise or screams.
Detectives followed footprints from the scene but they didn’t take them far before the footprints were lost.
From what the girl’s mother said, the girl left the house at 6:20 a.m., and Safe Passage routes are reportedly staffed at 6:30 a.m.
Police sources say the girl was in critical condition and in a medically-induced coma with severe head injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital. No one is in custody for the crime.