A Minnesota man has now been charged for the kidnapping, sexual assault and death of a 5-year-old girl.

25-year-old Zachary Todd Anderson kidnapped Alayna Ertl early Saturday from her home. Her tiny young body was found later that day.

He was a family friend and was spending last Friday night at the victim’s family’s home. Alayna had last been seen when she was tucked into bed around 2 a.m. Saturday. She, along with Mr. Anderson, were nowhere to be found by morning.


He was found later at a cabin his family owned roughly 80 miles north of the original location. He then provided investigators with information that led them to Alayna’s body.

He was charged Tuesday with murder, criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and motor vehicle theft.