Victim’s parents blame her for “shaming the family”
From the Phoenix New Times
Four boys ages 9, 10, 13 and 14 lured an 8-year-old neighbor into a shed at a Phoenix apartment complex, then sexually assaulted her, police say.
The crime happened last Thursday evening, and police were called to the scene after reports of a young girl running out of the shed, half-nude and screaming. Numerous witnesses helped police identify the boy suspects.
All the children involved are refugees from the West African nation of Liberia who live in the complex near Thomas Road and 43rd Avenue. The 14-year-old, Steven Tuopeh (pictured above in police mug shot) is being charged as adult.
The shocking story gets even worse, a police news release relates:
The victim had to be removed from her home by Child Protective Services because her culturally backward parents blame her and feel like she’s brought shame on the family.