Baton Rouge man, 29, accused of repeatedly raping 8-year-old child _lowres

Anthony James Tipton, 29

A 29-year-old man accused of repeatedly raping an 8-year-old girl over the past six months was arrested Wednesday.

Anthony James Tipton, of 17546 Benjamins Walk Drive, faces a count of first-degree rape in the alleged assaults on the girl, which started out as requests to “snuggle,” according to an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office report.

The child told authorities about the rape during a forensic interview on Tuesday. Tipton was brought to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters at 8900 Jimmy Wedell Drive for questioning that day, but refused to talk to deputies without a lawyer present, the document says.

He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was assigned a bail of $60,000, according to jail records.