A man has been accused of raping and impregnating an 11 year-old girl before going on the run with a nine-year-old.
The alleged incident sparked a huge manhunt across three US states as four enforcement agencies hunted suspect Mynor Leonel Jeronimo-Velasquez, 31.
Police claim he raped and impregnated an 11 year-old girl in Tennessee before fleeing to Florida with another young girl.
The hunt for Jeronimo-Velasquez began after Maryville Police were asked to check on the 11 year-old, according to the Sun.
After officers visited her home on October 16 her mother took the child to hospital where it was discovered she was around eight months pregnant.
After fleeing Tennessee, Jeronimo-Velasquez, who is said to be in the country illegally, was located after a tip-off in Stuart, Florida, living with a nine year-old girl.
The girl, who had been reported missing from Tennessee, was rescued by authorities and taken into protective custody before being returned to her family.
Maryville police chief Tony Crisp reportedly said he did not think she had been subject to a sexual assault.
Martin County Sheriff’s Warrant Unit teamed up with School Resource Deputies, Special Victim Unit Detectives, Department of Children Family services officers and US Customs in their search for the suspect.
"Where we’re at in our investigation at this juncture, we don’t have any evidence that would support that at this time,” police chief Crisp said.
Jeronimo-Velasquez is believed to have been arrested on two counts of raping a child under 13 and impregnating the 11-year-old.
He has been extradited to Tennessee, placed on an immigration detainer and booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $250,000 bond.
The police chief said the mother of the 11-year-old was not facing any charges.
He added there was “nothing we can substantiate” that proved she knew the abuse.