Charges against parents of Liberian rape victim dropped

Child abuse charges were dropped against the parents of a Liberian girl who was gang raped when she was 8-years-old.

Her parents were investigated for child abuse by Phoenix police after officers said the girl's parents blamed her for the rape.

All charges against the girl's parents have been dismissed.

Now, at 13-years-old, she's been reunited with them.

This case got nationwide attention back in 2009 when at the 8-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by four boys at a phoenix apartment complex.

Police launched an investigation after her parents' reaction to the rape.

The girl's father allegedly told investigators he didn't want his daughter to come back home because the crime shamed the family.

Months later, the girl's parents were arrested on child abuse allegations unrelated to the sexual assault.

We're not naming the girl's parents because we don't want to identify her.
For six years, the child abuse case made it's way thru the legal system.

The girl and her family are from Liberia and there's a language barrier.

Since the girl's parents satisfied the requirements placed on them by the department of child safety, both sides agreed to drop the criminal case.
Interpreter Sampson Tweh spoke on behalf of the family.

"They are very happy that charges are being dropped they want to let world know that the charges are being dropped they've gone through everything, so everything is fine," said Tweh.

The girl's parents also tell us she is doing well and they're all happy the case was resolved.
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