TACOMA, Wash. - The woman attacked and raped at a Tacoma day care told her terrifying story to KIRO 7, hoping that other potential victims come forward.
Police say she was assaulted by an 18-year-old man who was jailed Tuesday, and police sources said he may be responsible for more sex crimes.
Kelli, 26, was attacked and sexually assaulted at the Tender Heart Learning Center in Tacoma three days ago.
“I didn’t want to come out, but the reality is you have to come out. You have to say something. Because if you don’t, then those people can’t be punished,” said Kelli.
Her face, eyes and head are still badly swollen from the savage beating.
Investigators said Andrake Morris ambushed Kelli early Monday morning after convincing her he had come to the day care to enroll his child in classes.
Kelli said as he filled out paperwork, she felt uneasy around him and then suddenly, he attacked her.
“Before I know it I’m on the floor,” said Kelli. “He was just so quick and it happened in a split second. I didn’t have a chance to think.”
Kelli didn't want to talk about some specifics of the incident, but according to a probable cause affidavit, Morris assaulted and raped her, savagely beating her with a chair.
Police said the beating stopped only when her mother arrived at the day care, causing Morris to run away.
“It was just, I don’t want to die, but then nothing else came about. I just couldn’t believe that it was happening so quickly. It’s not like he was strong, it’s that he was quick,” said Kelli.
A police source told KIRO 7 that in addition to rape, Morris is also being investigated in connection with more than a half-dozen other crimes, including sex crimes.
Kelli said she felt she needed to come forward and talk about what happened to her so other victims would do the same.
“They have to speak up. It’s important to speak up and do something about what’s happened to them. I don’t want them to go through anything that I’ve gone through. But if it does happen, they’ve got to speak up,” said Kelli.
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