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May112011

Penn. Man Charged in Rape, Strangling of 9-Year-Old Skyler Kauffman

Comstock/Thinkstock(SOUDERTON, Penn.) -- After James Troutman allegedly raped and strangled 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman, he took a shower and calmly ate dinner with his fiancee, police claim.

Troutman, 24, confessed to killing the girl Monday night at the Souderton Gardens Apartment Complex in Pennsylvania and tossing her body in a dumpster. He was charged with murder Tuesday.

The little girl lived in Troutman's apartment complex along with her mother and grandmother. When Skyler didn't show up for dinner Monday night, her mother and grandmother became alarmed. They called police and an Amber Alert was issued.

Skyler's family had become alarmed by Troutman's behavior as recently as three weeks ago. Police were called to the building after Troutman allegedly locked Skyler and one of her friends in his apartment. The two girls managed to escape.

Troutman mentioned the April 18 incident when allegedly confessing to Kauffman's murder, but described the events differently. He claimed that "one little girl accidentally locked herself into his bathroom, she panicked and started yelling and causing a commotion," according to court documents.

Troutman lives with his fiancee, Heather Clemens, at the complex. Clemens came home Monday and found Troutman on the couch, according to court documents. At around 5 p.m. on Monday, Troutman left to play cell phone video games outside, Clemens told investigators.

Clemens said that she heard a female voice wailing and screaming "no," according to court documents. Clemens also told investigators that she heard "crashing sounds" and that "it sounded like someone was being thrown to the ground."

Clemens called her fiance, Troutman, who told her that he was working out at a local track. Souderton Police found a pool of blood in the apartment complex's basement and later found a trail of blood that led from the basement to a dumpster. In the dumpster, wrapped in a plaid comforter, was Skyler.

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