COMPOSTELA VALLEY -- Authorities have arrested the suspect responsible for the rape-slay of a 5-year-old girl in Maragusan, Compostela Valley last Sunday.
"Emily" was found dead near the river in Barangay Tandik, Maragusan, Compostela Valley.
According to her mother, they became worried when the child failed to return after they asked her to buy something from the store.
The child died after she was hit on the head with a rock. Based on autopsy reports, the child was raped before she was killed.
Authorities arrested Juanito Villar, after some witnesses saw him near the scene of the crime.
Villar denied his involvement in the incident, adding that he is willing to undergo a fingerprint and DNA test.
The suspect has been charged with rape with homicide. - report from Claire Cornelio, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao