Oklahoma City, OK – An 11-year-old boy and his mother have been arrested after police say the boy raped his 6-year-old sister and his mother failed to report it.
Police went to the victim’s home after a state Department of Human Services worker told them the girl had been sexually assaulted by her brother and her cousin. The girl told the DHS worker that she was in her bedroom doing homework when her brother and a 7-year-old cousin asked her to pull her pants off. The girl said after her pants were off, both of the boys “put their things in her and it hurt,”‘ the police report states.
When the girl told her mother, Maria Marquez, she’d been raped by the two boys, Marquez told her not to tell anyone. Marquez told the DHS worker that after her daughter told her what had happened, she confronted her son, who told her it was the cousin that had sexually assaulted his sister. Even so. Marquez still did not take the girl to the hospital or report the incident to police.
An older sister, who is credited with reporting the assault in some articles, said she learned of the alleged assault the day after it reportedly happened. She stated she was was getting ready for work and heard the siblings arguing. When she asked them what they were fighting about, her brother claimed that the day before, the cousin pulled his pants down along with the girl’s pants and “touched [her] with his penis but did not penetrate.”
He said he told his cousin to leave, but that the cousin returned shortly afterwards and was now going around school “telling kids what we did.” The older sister called her mom and told her what she knew, and her mother told her she was already aware of it. The older sister did not know why her mother had not reported the incident to anyone.
When police arrived at the home and interviewed the victim’s 11-year-old brother, he was arrested and charged with rape in the first degree. Maria Marquez was arrested and charged with failure to report child abuse and taken to Oklahoma County jail. The girl was taken to the hospital and then placed into protective custody.