GONZALES, La. (TCD) --
A 34-year-old Louisiana man was arrested after dropping off an 11-year-old girl pregnant with his child at an emergency room on Sunday, according to local authorities.
According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a report of child molestation at an unspecified hospital on Sunday about 7 p.m.
The girl was complaining of abdominal pains, and medical personnel determined she was pregnant.
Deputies said Wendell Sanchez dropped the girl off and was waiting in his vehicle outside the hospital. Sanchez fled the scene when deputies arrived, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies said Sanchez then abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot into an apartment complex. Deputies found him hiding in the patio area of a residence there.
The sheriff's office said Sanchez had drugs and drug paraphernalia on him when he was detained.
Wendell Sanchez was arrested and charged with rape of a victim under the age of 13; resisting police; drug possession; trespassing; criminal damage and other charges. He was held in the Ascension Parish Jail on $540,000 bond.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Sanchez was determined to the be the father of the pregnant girl's child.