A 43-year-old city woman arraigned in Taunton District Court this week for rape allegedly victimized a 9-year-old girl, according to police.
Wendy Mello, of 7 Creedway St., allegedly assaulted the girl on the afternoon of April 4 after the child had come to her apartment asking if she could borrow a heating pad.
The girl told police that she and Mello were watching a movie while lying on a bed when the woman touched her inappropriately.
The mother of the girl told police her daughter had waited until the next day to inform her of the incident because she feared that she would confront Mello and possibly get into a fight.
A sexual assault nurse examiner at Morton Hospital and Medical Center conducted an examination to determine if the girl had been raped, police said, and a report was filed with the Department for Children and Families.
A sexual assault hearing and follow-up investigation by the detective division will be forthcoming, police said.
Mello was held Monday on $2,500 cash bail and is due back in court April 29.