NORTH SALT LAKE — Police are urging extra caution for parents in North Salt Lake after an elementary school student reported that she was attacked by a boy in a park.
Police received a report Tuesday that the girl was injured in an assault in the Foxboro neighborhood. Investigators believe it occurred sometime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., North Salt Lake Police Chief Craig Black said.
The girl was taken to a hospital with injuries. Police were notified a few hours after the incident, he said.
While not providing her exact age, Black said the girl is between 8 and 11 years old. The girl described her attacker as being in her same age range.
As of Thursday afternoon, the girl was back home recovering, the chief said.
It has taken police time since the incident to be able to gather basic information from the girl about the attack, according to Black.
"We need to understand that we're working with a young child who is both emotionally and physically not in really great condition at this point," he said.
Police do not know the exact place where the assault occurred and do not have additional details about the boy. They believe the girl did not know or recognize him.Comment on this story
Based on the girl's injuries, police are looking into whether the assault was "sexually motivated" or "sexually based," Black said, adding that there has been "conflicting information."
The police chief said he doesn't "sense there's a predator out there," but detectives don't know for sure. Therefore, they are cautioning parents in North Salt Lake, especially in the Foxboro neighborhood, to be aware of their children's activities while the incident is being investigated.
It's "probably a little more important than normal to know where and who your kids are with," Black said.