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C’ville man accused of hammer attack, sex assault, dog stabbing

Daniel J. Happ

Daniel J. Happ

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Updated: April 10, 2012 11:39AM

CARPENTERSVILLE — Bail was set at $3 million Thursday for a Carpentersville man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, bludgeoning a woman with a hammer and stabbing the family’s dog the day before.

Daniel J. Happ, 27, of the 1600 block of Seminole Drive, has been charged with Class X felony counts of attempted murder, armed violence/committing a felony with a Category 2 weapon and predatory criminal sexual assault against a child under the age of 13; and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. He also was charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated cruelty to animals.

According to Carpentersville police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart, officers were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Brookdale Drive about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday. Police found Happ walking outside the home. A 23-year-old woman in the home had been bludgeoned with a hammer, and an 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted there, Bosshart said.

The woman was taken to Sherman Hospital in Elgin for treatment, and police had not yet been able to interview her Thursday, he said. The Kane County Child Advocacy Center helped with interviewing the girl, he added.

The family dog was found with stab wounds. The dog was being treated by an area veterinarian, Bosshart said.

Happ was being held in the Kane County jail in lieu of bond and was given a March 21 court date.

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