In America 8 year old rape victim to remain in state hands after rejection by family
A Liberian man whose 8-year-old daughter allegedly was raped by four boys, and then reportedly shunned by her family, must wait at least three months before possibly regaining custody of the girl.
The father, who is not being named to protect the girl’s identity, met with Child Protective Services on Monday.
The girl was taken into state custody after officials said they heard the victim’s parents blame her and didn’t want her anymore. But the father denied Monday that he ever blamed her or said that his daughter brought shame to the family.
“That is not true,” the father told The Associated Press.
The family’s pastor, who accompanied him to the meeting, said it will be 90 days until CPS officials reassess the situation. No arrangements for visitation have been made.
The incident has ignited an international outcry, including comments from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
James Nyemah said the father was upset at having to go for such a long time without his daughter.
“He is troubled about the situation, that his daughter has been a victim of a horrible crime. This little girl that he raised … knowing that the child might still be separated up to 90 days, that is troubling him,” Nyemah said.
CPS officials said a three-month wait was not uncommon.
“Our primary goal in almost every case is to try to get a family unification. Whether it’s going to recur in this case I can’t say,” said CPS spokesman Steve Meissner.
Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old Liberian refugee as an adult. Three other boys — ages 9, 10 and 13 — have been charged in juvenile court.
Police said the boys lured the girl to an empty storage shed with the promise of chewing gum. Then they restrained her while taking turns assaulting her.
Nyemah said community officials also want to find out if there was any miscommunication between authorities and the girl’s father. They also want to make sure families of the suspects and the victim get counselling.