8-year-old charged with rape, kidnap
November 20, 2007 - 10:11AM
Three boys aged between eight and nine were being held on Monday in a detention centre in the US state of Georgia on charges of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in the woods near a suburban apartment complex, officials said.
The alleged attack happened on Thursday and the girl's mother reported it to authorities yesterday, Acworth police Captain Wayne Dennard said.
"The victim said they were playing outdoors and the girl was forced into a wooded area where she was sexually assaulted, where one of the boys raped her," Dennard told The Associated Press.
The three boys - an eight-year-old and two nine-year-olds - were charged with rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual assault, Dennard said. They were due in juvenile court this afternoon. Their names were being withheld because of their age.
Dennard would not comment further.
The girl's mother told local TV station, WXIA-TV, that her daughter had played safely with the boys in the past.
However, the girl's mother reportedly said that on Thursday the boys had dragged the girl down a path into a wooded area.
She told the WXIA-TV one of the boys sexually assaulted her daughter as other two threatened her with a rock.
The girl had been too afraid to tell her of the attack until Saturday, she said.
"How can an 8- or 9-year old think of doing something like this to a little girl?" the girl's mother reportedly told WXIA-TV.
"I mean, how do they know what to do at that age?" she asked.
The father of one of the two 8-year-old boys told a local reporter his son said the incident had been consensual.
The boy's father said the girl had made the accusation only after her parents found out she had had sex.
"There was no violence involved," LeBlanc told the Associated Press.
"This is a clear case of a girl who didn't want to get in trouble with her parents."
Prosecutors had not received the case report from police, nor had they decided whether to try the suspects as adults.
Acworth, 48 kilometres north-west of Atlanta along the shores of Lake Allatoona, is a town of about 17,000.
"This wouldn't be normal anywhere, but especially not Acworth," Dennard said.