When you have young children your natural tendency to protect goes up. Oftentimes a parent of a young child will go above and beyond to make sure their child knows the importance of not getting into cars with strangers and accepting candy from those they don’t know. But no matter how safe you are, terrible things happen and it’s hard to avoid all the criminals in the world.
Tucked away in the safety of her bedroom in a neighborhood that is known to be safe and free from crime, a four-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted by a 15-year-old boy. The girl informed her parents that there was someone in her room and that her stomach hurt. Obviously alarmed by the girl’s statement, the parents took a look at the girl and soon found signs of sexual assault. The parents immediately called the police and it didn’t take long for the detectives to find a ladder resting up against the building, right outside the girl’s bedroom window. The room was shared with her brothers but they hadn’t been there during the time of the alleged incident.
“The investigation has indicated that the suspects may have utilized a ladder to access a window of the second-floor apartment where the assault occurred.”
Fingerprints that were found on the ladder led police to a 15-year-old boy who lives in the neighborhood. Once the boy was taken into custody, he made incriminating statements. The boy was soon charged with attempted rape, burglary, and aggravated sex abuse. And while the condition of the child is unknown at this time, the neighbors had a lot to say about the incident that occurred in their normally safe neighborhood…
“I have a four-year-old grandson, this is pathetic,” said one neighbor.
And while the police didn’t rule out the fact that this could’ve been a random incident, some felt that the boy knew where he was going and what he was doing…
“I doubt highly that somebody would walk back there, nowhere to go, find a ladder, know where a ladder was, climb up there in the morning, in daylight, not be seen. Can’t believe it.”
It’s pretty scary to think that a boy, who is only 15-years-old committed a crime on such a young girl. In some sense, it was good that he was caught at such a young age, and hopefully, this will prevent him from inciting more sexual assaults in the future. It also makes you wonder if this boy was born to be a pedophile.
“I want the people in this community and the surrounding communities to feel that everything that can possibly be done is being done,” said NYC Council Member Barry Grodenchik.
This is a lesson to believe their children when they say that there was someone in their room. Oftentimes, young children talk about monsters and visitors that appear in their rooms at night and in this case, there was definitely a monster in this little girl’s room. We just hope that she will be able to recover from such a tragic incident and be able to feel safe again in her home.