SANTA CRUZ — A man entered a home in the middle of the night, walked through the kitchen, past the parents' bedroom, down a hall, into the bedroom of a sleeping 10-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her, police said.
The man threatened the girl and then assaulted her, police said. He ran out the back door when she screamed, waking her parents.
"Her screaming saved her from being raped," her father told the Sentinel of Santa Cruz. "She was very brave."
Police continued to search Friday for the man, who walked into the home about 4 a.m. Thursday through an unlocked back door.
The girl, who was not seriously injured, was examined at Dominican Hospital, Detective Loran Baker said.
Police believe the attacker entered the home with the intent to assault the child, Baker said. Nothing was stolen and no weapon was used.