Metairie girl, 7, kidnapped by stranger; suspect arrested

Steven David Carter (Source: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)
Steven David Carter (Source: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A 29-year-old Kenner man has been arrested in the kidnapping and rape of a 7-year-old girl in Metairie.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says Steven David Carter faces one count of aggravated kidnapping of a child and one count of aggravated rape.

Deputies say the girl was kidnapped Wednesday afternoon by a man who entered through a broken gate at an apartment complex.

As deputies began investigating the child's disappearance, a woman living two miles away called 911 to report that a child in front of her home told her she had been kidnapped by a man.

Deputies arrested Carter overnight in New Orleans.

It was unclear whether he has an attorney.

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