Angel Manuel Diaz, 33, also known as Angel Diaz Rosa, of 526 Setter St., was babysitting his victim at the time of the alleged attack, authorities said.
Cumberland County sheriff's investigators said the mother of the child, who had entrusted the care of her daughter to Diaz while she was away at work, returned home to discover her daughter had been raped. The girl was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment to injuries sustained in the attack.
Diaz was arrested by deputies after he went to the hospital to check on the condition of the child. He is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape of a child.
Investigators have also learned Diaz is wanted in New Jersey for a parole violation and in the Virgin Islands for outstanding warrants.
Diaz is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday.
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