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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