BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A standoff at the Bakersfield home of an 8-year-old girl who went missing early Wednesday has come to an end with the girl's father surrendering to police — but authorities have also released disturbing details of the case.
Investigators "developed information" during the Thursday standoff that the girl's father kidnapped and raped her and tried to kill her, Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said.
Ray Coriell was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping with the act of rape, kidnapping with intent to commit rape, sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and attempted murder, said Pruitt. He was being held on $1 million bail.
The girl was reported missing from her bed at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, prompting a search of the city. A passerby found her six hours later walking alone about nine miles from home. Investigators have been trying to determine how the girl got there.
The standoff began shortly after noon Thursday when Coriell texted his wife, saying that he wanted to harm himself. He surrendered at around 7 p.m. Thursday after authorities obtained a warrant for his arrest.
"We responded to the residence and talked to family members out in front of the house. They said he was despondent inside the house with a firearm or firearms," Pruitt said.
Authorities said the girl and her mother are in protective custody.