Name of Victim: Not released
Date of Incidence: July 16, 2009
Method of killing or religious violence: Abandoned (now in state custody)
Perpetrator: Mother and Father
Reason for Violence: Gang-raped by 4 boys aged 9 to 14
Authorities said Thursday that four boys ages 9 to 14 took turns raping an 8-year-old girl behind a shed for more than 10 minutes in what Phoenix police are calling one of the most horrific cases they’ve ever seen.
The outrage over the allegations intensified after police said the girl’s parents criticized her after the attack and blamed her for bringing shame on the family.
“The father told the caseworker and an officer in her presence that he didn’t want her back. He said, ‘Take her, I don’t want her,’ ” police Sgt. Andy Hill said.
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Hill cited the family’s background as the reason the family shunned the girl. All five children are refugees from the West African nation of Liberia.
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The girl’s healing process will be particularly difficult, said Paul Penzone of Childhelp, which aids young victims of crime. Authorities said the victim was in the care of Child Protective Services.
“These four boys used what was a ploy to entice her to a place where they could take advantage of her almost like a pack of wolves,” he said.
“And what’s so disturbing beyond the initial crime is the fact that a child needs to have somewhere to feel safe, and you would think that would be in a home with her own family,” not in state custody, Penzone said.
Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press, July 24, 2009