In a shocking incident, a man who persuaded his family friends in Malligehalli in Hassan district to send their four-year-old daughter with him to get her treated for an injured leg, has raped and savaged the child.

Doreswamy (35) of Kumaraswamy Layout had the child admitted to a Banashankari hospital on Monday saying she had been injured in a fight. He then called her parents and left.

Doctors who examined her were appalled to see bite marks on her lips, shoulder and stomach, and contacted the Child Protection Committee.

The parents, who rushed to the hospital, told BOSCO child helpline staff they handed over their daughter a few months ago to Doreswamy who promised to get her treated as they were too poor to afford it. The father works in a bakery and the mother is a homemaker. They have a younger son.

When the helpline members questioned the victim, she told them what had happened to her.

Doreswamy was entrapped by the K.S. Layout police who sought the doctor’s help in getting him to come to the hospital on the pretext of seeking advice.

He was detained and taken to the police station for questioning.