Internal Investigation at Eastland Police Department

Published 01/10 2014 05:31PM

Updated 01/11 2014 01:02AM

There is some fall out from a story we ran this week, after an 11-year-old was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, stabbed and left for dead near Lake Cisco on Sunday.

KTAB's investigative reporter Victor Sotelo uncovered a case that may have fallen through the cracks within the Eastland Police Department.

It's a case that could have taken Clayton Fought off the streets before he had a chance to kidnap the 11-year-old a day before her birthday.

Now, the Eastland Chief of Police, Billy Myrick, has opened an internal investigation concerning the case.

Victor was in Eastland today and talked to the Eastland City Manager, Ron Duncan.

Duncan says Myrick is in the process of collecting statements from officers within the Eastland Police Department

"The Chief of Police has been directed to thoroughly investigate the matter of the June 2013 assault case, get to the particulars of actually what went wrong," Duncan said "and after we get the results of that investigation, then we will be forth coming with a statement."

The investigation is a result of an Eastland County mother who came forward and said Clayton Fought should have been off the streets before he had a chance to kidnap an 11-year-old girl last Sunday  and leave her for dead at an illegal dump sight near Lake Cisco.

The anonymous mother said her two daughters were victimized by Fought years ago, and they reported him to Eastland P.D. about 8 months ago.

Duncan went on to say,

"We are giving full disclosure on this, because we want the citizens of our community to have confidence in their police department, and the city, that we are going to do the right thing."

The condition of the 11-year-old girl, now 12, is not known, the family has expressed their wish for privacy.

Fought is in jail on 3 million dollars in bonds and the Eastland County District Attorney now has the case from 8 months ago.

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