A Casper man could face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the attempted first-degree murder and rape of an underage girl last week, according to court records.

Brandtly Bedsaul, 19, heard the attempted murder charge and three other felony counts during his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday.

Judge Brian Christensen, agreeing with the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Hambrick, set Bedsaul's bond at $1 million cash.

Besides the attempted first-degree murder charge, Bedsaul faces one count of first-degree sexual assault (rape), which is punishable by up to 50 years imprisonment; one count of aggravated assault, which is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, and one count of aggravated child abuse, which is punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment.

Bedsaul already was on probation for a previous felony, Hambrick said. Other court records say he had been hospitalized at the Wyoming Behavioral Institute.

The case started Wednesday evening when police responded to a residence in Casper, according to the police affidavit filed with Natrona County Circuit Court. The affidavit is heavily redacted, and details including names and addresses have been blacked out.

People at the home told police they were having a gathering with family members and children. One of the residents realized a child was missing, called for her but was unable to find her. He went outside and saw Bedsaul with his hands around the girl's neck. He was naked from the waist down, her shirt was pulled up to her neck and she was covered in blood.

Someone punched and kicked Bedsaul. The victim's father came outside and jumped on Bedsaul as he was trying to run away, and someone called 911.

The victim's eyes had rolled to the back of her head, she was bleeding from her mouth and was choking on her own blood.

When police arrived, they found the victim's mother cradling her daughter, "and was hysterical yelling at the firefighters to 'please help her baby girl.'"

Others were holding down Bedsaul as officers were handcuffing him. He was screaming for his mother, and repeating his birth date. Police read him his rights, searched him and placed him into a patrol vehicle. One the way to the police department, he was spitting and yelling for his mother.

A firefighter carried the girl to an ambulance, and she woke up to the stimulation and started screaming.

A Wyoming Medical Center physician said the child suffered trauma to the genitals, and injuries suggesting strangulation. The girl was not considered stable and needed to be intubated, but the injuries to her throat made intubation extremely difficult.

"(The girl) was prepped to be life-flighted to Denver Children's Hospital for further treatment of her injuries," according to the affidavit. "Upon arrival to Denver Children's Hospital a full sex assault kit was completed, further treatment and exams were completed."

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