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A mother asked her child why she was bleeding. The answer involved a death threat.

Pedro SalesGarcia
Pedro SalesGarcia - Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

A Lake Worth man raped an 8-year-old after pulling a knife and threatening her with death if she told, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators said.

The probable cause affidavit says the child told her mother what 37-year-old Pedro SalesGarcia did to her after the child’s bleeding forced a hospital visit.

SalesGarcia now faces four counts of sexual battery by an adult on a victim under 12 years old and one count of battery by an adult causing a victim under 18 to come in contact with bodily fluids. The alleged rape raises one count of sexual battery to a capital felony, punishable by life in prison or death.

He is jailed without bond.

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According to the probable cause affidavit, SalesGarcia was a friend of the child’s family, living with them in their Lake Worth home. Last week, the 8-year-old told police SalesGarcia had been sexually abusing her, most recently Sept. 1 while her mother was at work.

The girl “stated that she was on her bed when Pedro walked in her bedroom and locked the door,” the affidavit said. “He had a big knife in his hand and told her that if she said anything to her mother or father, he would kill her.”

He took his clothes off, she said, and penetrated her.

“She complained since this day she has been bleeding and suffering from abdominal pain,” the affidavit continued. “She finally told her mother (Sept. 5) about the bleeding, but did not tell her about the incident with Pedro.”

But the continuously inquisitive mother finally got her daughter to talk about what happened on Sept. 1. The father told investigators he, the mother and his brothers rolled up on SalesGarcia.

“They asked Pedro if it was true, that he had ‘raped’ his daughter,” the affidavit said. “Pedro told them that ‘yes, he had.’”

Police heavily redacted the report after the words “Post Miranda, Pedro confessed.”

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