In Phoenix, Arizona, four boys aged from 9 to 14 tears have gang raped an 8-year-old girl in a vacant shed. She was lured to the shed by a promise of chewing gum. She was restrained and then sexually assaulted.
The 14-year old boy, Steven Tuopeh, was charged as an adult with two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. The other three boys have been charged as juveniles. The boys have admitted to being involved in the crime to police.
All of the children involved belong to families that have immigrated to the United States from Liberia. Her parents have blamed the young victim for the assault. Child Protective Services have taken custody of the girl.