LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 55-year-old Los Angeles man was charged Tuesday with kidnapping a 3-year-old girl from a Boyle Heights party and sexually molesting her, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Edward Lopez was charged with one count each of oral copulation of a child under 10, kidnapping to commit a lewd act on a child and lewd act on a child, according to District Attorney spokesperson Jane Robison.
Prosecutors say the mother of the toddler noticed she was missing from a party in the 3200 block of Malabar Street around 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Neighbors said the little girl was playing with other children at a baby shower when she was reported missing.
LAPD officers found Lopez nude in a locked shed with the child several hours later, according to Robison.
“After about two hours and 45 minutes, they opened the garage and found the baby there and the guy, too,” Bojas said.
Lopez is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors are expected to ask that his bail be set at $1 million.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.