MICHIGAN CITY | An 11-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man found in bed together Oct. 9 at the Blue Chip Casino hotel had slashed their wrists and tried overdosing on drugs as part of a "love pact."
Those were among the additional details released Thursday by LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi, who also revealed the girl who had run away from home was in protective custody.
"They wanted to die together," Szilagyi said. "That's what they said."
The 18-year-old, Daniel Cabrera-Pozadas, of Byron Center, Mich., is charged with Class B felony child molesting.
Szilagyi said there's now a hold placed on Pozadas by federal immigration authorities, who suspect he was in the country illegally.
As a result, he will be held without bond until the conclusion of the case and could face deportation.
Acting on undisclosed information casino security guards forced open the door of their hotel room finding the man and girl in bed together.
Police said there was evidence sexual activity had taken place.
Szilagyi said the wrists of both subjects had been slashed and a knife was apparently used to deliver the self-inflicted injuries.
The girl told police she had taken over three dozen ibuprofen pills in an apparent overdose attempt.
Szilagyi said it's believed Cabrera-Pozadas had also ingested many of the tablets.
Szilagyi said the girl is in protective custody as a precaution.
How the girl, also from Michigan, and Pozadas became acquainted is still under investigation.
"We're trying to watch over her at this point until we figure out what's going on," said Szilagyi.