"This is a deeply disturbing..." said Maricopa County attorney Andrew Thomas.
The 14-year-old was charged as an adult and will face two counts of sexual assault and one count of kidnapping. The other three boys were charged in juvenile court with sexual assault. Two of them also face charges of kidnapping. The victim and the boys are all from refugee families that have come to the United States from Liberia. The eight year old girl was placed in the custody of child protective services because of her parents' "attitude." According to Sgt. Andy Hill, "The parents felt that they had been shamed or embarrassed by their child."
Police: Assault of 8-year-old girl
The victims 23 year-old sister told CNN affiliate KTVK that she wanted the suspects to be released from jail because "we are the same people." Cultural aspects may be at play, but blaming the victim is hard to understand. How can any one or any culture think that an 8 year old victim could bring shame to a family name?