Nykie Edwards, 23, of Lafayette was charged Thursday with three counts of child molesting for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
Edwards was living with the girl and her mother when the intercourse took place more than five times since the start of last summer, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Lafayette police detectives examined text messages exchanged between Edwards and the victim, including messages exchanged after the girl told her mom about the abuse, the affidavit states.
Jail records indicate that child molestation wasn’t the only crime police suspected Edwards had committed when they took him Tuesday to Tippecanoe County Jail.
He was booked on a preliminary allegation of attempted feticide as well, but he hasn’t been formally charged with that alleged offense.
Lafayette police Sgt. Jay Rosen said the two suspected crimes were part of the same investigation.
“The feticide is related to the case. It’s not a separate charge,” he said.
Lafayette police Capt. Kurt Wolf confirmed that there was a fetus involved and that it survived, but he declined to disclose who its parents are. There were no injuries, he said.
Rosen referred additional questions to Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington, who was unavailable for comment Friday.