On July 27, 5-year-old Cynia was reportedly kidnapped from her family’s home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though the next morning she was found in the backyard, the child had been seriously injured. "I thought she was dead. She wasn't moving," her mother, Vyneeka Hopkins, 29, told Action News at the time.
An unidentified 15-year-old boy known to frequent the neighborhood has since been arrested. He will reportedly be charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, rape, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault and related offenses.
The girl had wandered up to the suspect when she walked into the hallway of her home. Police believe the girl interrupted a robbery. The teen allegedly picked her up, took her outside and beat her before leaving her to die, NBC Philadelphia reported.
The toddler suffered from a broken jaw, fractures to her skull and a bruised liver, among other injuries. According to a GoFundMe page dedicated to offsetting Cynia’s medical costs and the family's moving expenses, the toddler has been discharged from the hospital.
"None of (her injuries), thank God, led to any internal brain damage or bleeding,” Hopkins told NBC Philadelphia. "Both of her eyes are swollen shut. She can't even open her eyes right now, but she's in good spirits. She has to do a strictly liquid diet for the next six weeks."
Police think the little girl might have simply interrupted a burglary attempt, but authorities still aren’t sure if the teen will be charged as an adult.
"It's about as bad as it gets," Philadelphia Police Captain John Darby said. "We're looking at this as a stranger residential intrusion and child abduction, and an aggravated assault on that child."