DALLAS -- Angel Sanches told Dallas police that he is an "accomplice" but did not kill his young cousin after the little girl's body "was found hanging in a closet by a shirt around her neck," according to his arrest warrant obtained by News 8.
"I did not rape her," Sanches said in Spanish after agreeing to speak to detectives at Dallas police headquarters.
He faces a charge of capital murder for the death of Katherine Gonzalez, his 5-year-old cousin.
The little girl's body was found Sunday afternoon in a vacant unit at Sontera Palms Apartments on Royal Lane in Lake Highlands. She was staying with her uncle as her parents were at work.
A witness, Freddie Washington, told detectives that he unknowingly witnessed Sanches lure Gonzalez into the apartment where her body was discovered.
"He kept telling her to 'Come on, come on,' like come home or something," Washington told News 8. "I think he waited for me to leave around the corner and then took her into the vacant apartment."
But Sanches denied to detectives he harmed the girl, according to the warrant, and instead blamed someone he only identified as "Carlos."