Australian man charged with abducting four-year-old girl

Dean Jafari, who has links to Beirut, alleged to have got teenage girl out of car before abandoning her in Melbourne suburb An Australian man living in Lebanon has been charged with abducting a…

Australian man charged with abducting four-year-old girl

Dean Jafari, who has links to Beirut, alleged to have got teenage girl out of car before abandoning her in Melbourne suburb

An Australian man living in Lebanon has been charged with abducting a four-year-old girl from the Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield, police said on Friday.

Dean Jafari, 20, is charged with three counts of kidnapping, one count of assault with a weapon and one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend.

He was remanded in custody to appear in Melbourne magistrates court next Wednesday.

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Campbellfield is one of the most ethnically diverse suburbs in Melbourne, and reported rates of domestic violence have been higher than the national average.

The girl, who is being cared for by child protection services, was found on Thursday night in a Brunswick apartment block with no identifying marks.

Police said the girl may have been with Jafari for about 14 hours, but she had a detailed description of her attacker. Jafari, who was not charged with a sexual assault on the girl, was described as a Lebanese national.

Dozens of police officers searched the apartment block and a nearby cemetery after getting a tip-off from a property owner, Inspector Phil Cummins told reporters.

The girl was found with a T-shirt under her jacket, a towel and a backpack. She was unharmed and was understood to be in the care of child protection services.

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