Police on the West Demerara are investigating the sexual molestation of a five-year-old girl and up to late yesterday afternoon, three persons were being questioned.
A medical examination done on Friday night confirmed that the Grade One pupil at an East Bank Essequibo School had sustained vaginal penetration.
The child had made the shocking revelation to a teacher that same evening, after refusing to enter the home of her guardian. The child was taken to the teacher’s home after the owner of a shop near the school found her sitting at the shop at nightfall in her school uniform.
When contacted, Head of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Ann Greene said she was aware of the case and her officers were on the ground investigating. She told Stabroek News that the officers have since found a temporary place for the child to stay with pending the outcome of the investigations. She confirmed that the police were questioning the child’s guardians. Those being questioned are two women and a taxi driver.
This newspaper understands that the persons being questioned have only been the child’s guardians for the last two weeks. According to reports, the child’s mother left her in the care of an aunt and went into the interior. That aunt, based on what this newspaper was told, left the child in the care of someone else and she too went into the interior. Since the aunt left the child has apparently been moved from house to house, staying with different persons.
Reports said too that the child has identified two of the perpetrators by name. She said too that there was a third person but she did not know his name.
Speaking to Stabroek News, the teacher explained that the child was taken to her home around 7 pm on Friday by the owner of a shop located close to the school. According to the teacher, the shop owner told her that the little girl had been sitting at his shop since school was dismissed, apparently waiting on someone to pick her up. The shop owner, the teacher said, told her that it was when he was closing up his shop that he noticed the child and decided to take her to the teacher’s home.
The teacher said that after she received the child, she called the headmistress of the school to seek advice and was told that efforts should be made to contact the child’s parents. Such a task was not too hard as the teacher does the registration of children at the school.
“When I checked in the registration book, I found an address and a phone number. I called the phone number countless times and it kept ringing out,” the teacher said.
She then decided to call security officials who accompanied her and the child to the address. However, the house the child pointed out as hers was in darkness and the gate was padlocked.
They called out to neighbours who identified the house as the child’s aunt’s residence. The neighbours then revealed that the child’s aunt would often go out and leave her at home alone all night.
After asking around, they were directed to the home of another woman, who the child had been staying with. The woman, who lives with about four children between the ages of 10 to 14 years, informed them that the child’s aunt had left her there in December.
The woman then also revealed that she had taken the child to stay at a friend of hers earlier last week. She said it was not her responsibility to collect the child from school, but her friend’s.
However, when the friend was contacted, she said also denied responsibility, saying that the person who was left as caregiver by the child’s aunt should have collected her from school.
The teacher and security officials then took the little girl back to the caregiver’s home, but the child refused to go inside. “The child started to cry,” the teacher said adding that it was then she revealed the abuse.
Once the child made the allegation, the security officials and the teacher took the child to a police station and officers accompanied them to a hospital for a medical examination. The teacher said the examination revealed that the child was indeed sexually molested.
The child’s class teacher, when contacted by this newspaper, said that while the child is very intelligent she was constantly absent from school.