New Delhi, November 14: In a horrific incident, an 18-month-old girl was sexually assaulted allegedly by her father’s friend who was babysitting her at her house in Shahpur Jat in the natioanl capital on Monday.

The accused has been arrested.

The incident took place as the girl’s parents had left her in the care of the accused when they left for their respective workplaces, police said. The accused, a friend and colleague of the girl’s father in a private security company, lives with them, Hindustan Times reported.

“He came back after night duty while the girl’s father left home for his morning duty. Her mother and siblings also left and finding the child alone, the man sexually assaulted her,” said a senior police officer.

When the girl’s mother returned in the evening, she found the child crying and bleeding from the private parts. She took the child to a nearby hospital where it was found that she had been sexually assaulted.

The 21-year-old accused is unmarried. A case has been registered against the accused under POSCO, Additional DCP South Chinmoy Biswal said.