Mother: 11-year-old molested my sons
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 05:21:10 GMT —
A Harlingen mother claims her two sons were both molested by an 11-year-old boy.
Action 4 News had to censor many details and parts of her interview due to the graphic nature.
The two boys are brothers and are under 5 years old.
Their story begins in mid-January when the boys' mother, whose name is being withheld, said she took them to stay the night at her friend's house.
The friend has an 11-year-old son.
Two days later, she said her sons both told her they were forced to perform sexual acts.
The mother said she asked her sons to demonstrate what happened and showed her using hand gestures.
The mother said she immediately took her sons to the hospital, where she claimed a nurse confirmed one boy had injuries consistent with rape and the other boy reportedly showed signs of molestation.
It has been nearly a month since the mother reported the alleged incident.
She claims the Harlingen police detective was not moving quick enough.
"I'm sure if it was his kid or one of his friends' kids that was in the police department, they would have been on it really quick," the mother said. "You know they would have been right on it."
Harlingen police chief Daniel Castillo responded to the mother's claims.
"We all have children as well and we empathize with those situations, so I think communication is the key," Castillo said.
However, the mother said communicating is something the Harlingen Police Department has not done very well.
She said she could not even get the detective to call her back until after Action 4 News started investigating.
Chief Castillo would not comment.
"You're asking me a specific question about this particular case," Castillo said. "I'm not going to go into detail about this case."
Castillo did confirm that many cases take up to a year to process.
"Certain aspects of many cases, not just juvenile cases, but adult cases could take in excess of a year to actually see their date in court," Castillo explained.
The chief said it is a harsh reality when child victims have to retell their experiences a year later in court.
For the mother, a whole year means the 11-year-old boy will go unpunished for what he may have done to her sons.
"I don't mean anything bad by him," she sobbed. "I don't want her (the other mother) to think that I'm out for revenge because I'm really not. They are really close to my family and I would never wish that upon them. It's just that he needs help."
The mother said her sons are in counseling once a week.
Our attempts to reach the mother of the 11-year-old boy accused in this case were unsuccessful.
Police did would not specify the status of the investigation, but said the first two to six weeks are typically used to collect evidence.
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