A ten-year-old girl from Houston has been arrested and charged with raping a four-year-old boy during a game of doctors and nurses.
The girl, who is referred to in the media as "Ashley," is said to have been playing with a bunch of kids from her housing complex back in April this year. A neighbor, who was passing by on her way home, reported what she saw to the mother of the four-year-old boy. She said that Ashley had been "inappropriately touching the child."
Ashley reportedly said: "I was at the track with my friend cuz I like running track with my friend and then my Mom called my friend and she told me that my Mom said I had to come home." She continued, "I was crying and they took me to the car and I didn't want to get in and I was crying and I was moving and trying not to get in the police car and my Mom told me to calm down."
A full two months passed before Ashley was arrested and charged. She was taken to the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, where she stayed for four days.
The accused girl spoke about the fact that she didn't like being alone in the detention center and wanted to go home: "When my Mom came to see me I said I wanted to go home and then she said I couldn't go home and she was like I know you want to go home."
Ashley's mother told reporters that the Houston Police sex crimes investigator denied her the opportunity to sit in on the interrogation, which lasted for 45 minutes and left Ashley in tears. Ashley's mum spoke to reporters saying: "It's a nightmare even having to go through something like this because that's my baby, that's my baby and just the thought of her going through something like this it hurts me."
The police in Houston refused to comment on the case, due to the age of the accused girl. Quanell X, who is working with Ashley's family said: "I've never dealt with a child this young being accused of a crime,"
Quanell went on to explain that doctors and nurses game was nothing more than horseplay: "In fact this was nothing more than inappropriate horseplay that has now lead to a child that is ten years old being charged with aggravated rape."
What do you think about this case? Do you think it is most likely that it was simply an innocent game of doctors and nurses, or do you think police have to investigate further, due to the nature of the claims against Ashley? Let's hear your comments in the feed below.