Man Assaulted Child in Norwalk Home: Police

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A man is accused of breaking into a Norwalk home and assaulting a child.

Police said it happened on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 9.

The child's mother called 911 told police that she woke up at 5 a.m. and her daughter was screaming. Then she saw an intruder running through the house, then out the front door.

Police who responded to investigate found the child injured, shaken and terrified and the victim was transported to Norwalk Hospital.

Detectives from the police department and the special victims unit responded, along with other law enforcement.

Police said they obtained a warrant for Ilmer Rivera-Zuniga, 22, and he was apprehended Monday night in South Norwalk.

According to court documents, Rivera-Zuniga was doing work at the family's house.

The victim told her mother that he had gone into the room she was sleeping in, put his hands over her mouth, took her out of bed and brought her to another bedroom, according to court documents. The child's mother was sleeping at the time, the documents state.

The child has since been released from the hospital and faces a long path to recovery, police said.

Rivera-Zuniga’s last known address was in Norwalk.

He was charged with home invasion, kidnapping in the first degree, criminal attempt at aggravated sex assault of a minor, risk of injury to a minor, assault in the third degree, strangulation in the third degree.

Bond was set at $1 million.

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