Charges Against Parents Of 8-Year-Old In Phoenix Who Was Raped

Phoenix police are seeking felony child abuse charges against the parents of an 8-year-old Liberian girl who was allegedly raped by four young boys.

Phoenix police didn't name the adults, but reports accompanying the referral for charges identify the parents as the subject of the probe.

The child was placed in protective custody after police say she was gang-raped by four Liberian boys in July. The boys, ages 10 to 14, face charges in the alleged assault.

The police reports sent to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office detail a string of abuse or neglect incidents in the past four years.

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill said Thursday that the girl was found walking around late at night begging for food, and other reports show she was beaten.

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An Arizona prosecutor wants to charge a second boy as an adult in the alleged rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl at a Phoenix apartment complex.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced his office filed a motion Monday to transfer the 13-year-old boy's case to adult court.

Prosecutors must get court permission to charge anyone younger than 14 as an adult.

Police say four boys -- ages 9 to 14 -- lured the girl to an empty storage shed July 16 with the promise of chewing gum. Police say the boys then restrained the girl and took turns raping her.

The 14-year-old already has been charged as an adult, while the younger boys were charged as juveniles.

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A 14-year-old Liberian refugee has been indicted in connection with the rape of an 8-year-old girl at a Phoenix apartment complex.

Police say four boys, also from Liberia, lured the girl to an empty storage shed July 16 with the promise of chewing gum.

Investigators say the boys restrained her and took turns sexually
assaulting her.

The incident has ignited an international outcry after it was reported the girl's father said he was ashamed of her. A family pastor later said that was a misunderstanding.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Saturday that a grand jury indicted the 14-year-old on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, attempted sexual conduct with a minor, and sexual conduct with a minor.

The 14-year-old is being charged as an adult. The other suspects -- ages 9, 10 and 13 -- are charged in juvenile court.

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  • by chris Location: greenville on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM
    Deport those idiotic parents back to liberia, I guess they are not smart enough to realize their customs don't fly in America.
  • by Duh? Location: NC on Aug 9, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    To: B - I suppose we should export all of the American Sex Offenders to Liberia to rid ourselves of our problems? You think it would stop the crooks and the nasty, violent degenerates in our own country if they knew they would be sent to another country? Maybe the Congress and Senate should think of this, huh? But, seriously, these children are lacking the love, attention and nurturing that they deserve. The boys need to be dealt with harshly and the little girl needs to be comforted and supported by sensible, loving adults who can help her to overcome this traumatic experience. We do have these "problems" in the USA every day of the week, MrT, so what do you suggest that we do about this? In my opinion, any crime involving an innocent child is everyone's problem if they have any decency and compassion. What if it had been an American child? Where should they have been sent? Why does this have to happen at all to anyone anywhere? It's called human nature and we are of the Human Race!
  • by Jen Location: Choco on Aug 9, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    How sad for this little girl, this will haunt her until her dying day. No matter the race of any of these children or customs of their native country, ALL of the boys need to be punished. They were ALL involved and I'm sure had enough sense to realize that what they were doing was wrong. My prayers go out to this girl and her family. I hope that they realize this was not her fault and don't punish her any further. She has been punished enough with the loss of her innocence.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 8, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    This is most likely ordinary behavior in Liberia. There are very few laws there.And the woman would be the one blamed there.Liberians should stay in Liberia, and not bringing their evil ways to America!
  • by B Location: whats left of the USA on Aug 8, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    No body will tell the truth, it should not be our problem,if they were not in this country it would not be our problem. Why are they here?
  • by Duh? Location: NC on Aug 8, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    To: Kathy in Washington - What are you talking about? You act as if this doesn't happen among "our own" teens here in the USA. Boys will be boys, no matter where they come from and girls of any nationality have to be very careful not to "trust" them. Have you never heard any American male discuss how young he was when he first experienced sex? This has nothing at all to do with who these children are nor where they came from. It has to do with a horrible crime having been committed and those boys need to be held totally responsible for their actions. That young girl has lost her innocence and nothing or no one can ever replace that. You need to watch the movie, "A Time To Kill." Imagine she was "White". This little girl is a Child of God, just as you and I, and this should not happen to anyone anywhere!!! Look at the Sex Offenders Registry for all of the local "crooks and nasty, violent degenerates", why don't you? If you choose to be prejudice, let it begin at home.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 8, 2009 at 03:12 PM
    Good post, Buzz.
  • by rp Location: ahoskie on Aug 8, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    They probably watch tv!Kids can learn and see all the violence and talk of sex,killing,male enhancment etc.....ALL ON TV!Its a real shame!
  • by B Location: NC on Aug 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM
    We need to find out who give the OK for them to come here and make them pay the legal fee's. Out of their pocket, not the taxe payers!
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Aug 2, 2009 at 06:19 AM
    America is a "beautiful" social experiment where we can try new things, see what feels good, play with "fire", exploit the rules that used to be fast and true. The social experiment was broken from the beginning. You can't bend rules that have held true for thousands of years and expect anything less than all of the human turmoil that we read about today. But, trust me, we will keep pushing those boundries, because we think we know better. We will continue to find out that we don't know any better but we won't accept that either. And then we will wonder why we read about murder and rape, and buggery, and all such things, Oh well, Buzz-
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