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Possibly mentally ill Appleton man assaults 5-year-old

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A homeless 21-year-old Appleton man appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing for attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child.  He is also charged with attempted strangulation and suffocation.  The mother of a 5-year-old girl told authorities that she had given the homeless man shelter for the night.  The child told her mother that the man came into her bedroom in the middle of the night, spit on her genitals and then attempted to cover her mouth and not let her go.  However, the child was able to escape. 

Authorities are considering making a motion for a mental health exam, citing problems the man has had in jail previously as well as undisclosed problems.  Befort court, the man sang and talked to himself and showed officers self-inflicted cuts on his arms.  The judge has contacted the Department of Health and Family Services to conduct the exam.  This government organization will also be the deciding factor on whether the man should go to jail or a mental institution.  He is currently in jail on a $50,000 bond.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual  assault, contact the Appleton sexual assault attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.