A 14-year-old girl who was raped, stabbed and beaten so badly her eyes were swelled shut was found staggering down a road four days after she says a family friend attacked her.
A passing motorist spotted her Saturday evening as she stumbled down the road. The girl said she had stayed hidden in the woods for nearly four days because she was terrified the assailant would return to kill her.
She identified the attacker as 22-year-old Scott Christopher Malsky, who was arrested in Delaware on Sunday after police stopped him for speeding.
The girl’s family, from Punta Gorda, had been searching for her since Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said the girl’s captor took her to an abandoned subdivision site where he bludgeoned and stabbed her before leaving her to die.
The teen-ager was recovering at the Port Charlotte hospital where she underwent surgery for multiple stab wounds to her neck and abdomen.
Malsky was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual battery and attempted murder. He is being held in Delaware awaiting extradition.