Man Indicted on Charges of Sexually Abusing Toddler in Riverside Park
MANHATTAN — The man accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl in a Riverside Park bathroom stall last month was asked to watch the child after his sister was unable to babysit, according to court papers.
Jason Carroll, 23, told police that the child's mother reached out to him after his sister was unavailable, court documents said.
"I picked her up from the mom at the subway station, and then I brought her to the park and played with her," Carroll allegedly told police after being arrested on Sept. 24.
"I had stomach problems after eating spicy food, so I went to the bathroom several times. I took the child with me because I couldn't leave her out in the public area."
Carroll, who lives on West 56th Street, then allegedly molested the girl in the bathroom near West 74th Street and the Hudson River Promenade.
Two park-goers witnessed what was going on in the bathroom and called 911, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
Carroll was arrested and admitted to assaulting the girl, according to court papers.
He also told police he carried knives and razors because "I used to get jumped a lot," the court documents said.
Carroll was indicted on Thursday and is charged with sexual assault against a child.
He is being held without bail.