MICHIGAN CITY | An 11-year-old girl who was a runaway from Michigan was found last week with an 18-year-old man in a hotel room at the Blue Chip Casino.
The pair were discovered after hotel security broke down the door and found them together with what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries, according to LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi.
It appears "they wanted to remain together in all eternity," said Szilagyi.
Daniel Cabrera-Pozadas is charged in LaPorte Superior Court 1 with Class B felony child molesting.
"There was an indication that there may have been sexual activity that occurred in the room," said Royce Williams, chief of services for the Michigan City Police Department.
About 2 p.m. Oct. 9, police were dispatched to the Blue Chip hotel to meet with Indiana Gaming Commission agents and Blue Chip security.
The girl was reported as a runaway, and security — acting on other undisclosed information — forced entry to the room, finding the girl and man inside.
The suspicions of security officers also were raised when they saw "somebody young running around," police said.
The injuries were described by police as minor but Cabrera-Pozadas was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Szilagyi said the girl is from Michigan and she and Cabrera-Pozadas apparently knew each other.
Szilagyi did not want to disclose how the injuries were inflicted, whether drugs or a weapon were involved and other specifics because of the ongoing investigation.
"We're still trying to piece together a lot of things about this case," he said.
He said the case might be transferred to a federal court not only because the girl was taken across state lines but the suspect might be in the country illegally.
Williams said the investigation covers two states and several law enforcement jurisdictions.
Additional charges are possible, he said.