Police in Houston have charged a 10-year-old girl with aggravated sexual assault after she was allegedly spotted playing a game of "doctor" with a 4-year-old boy near her house.
According to Fox affiliate KRIV, the incident, which took place back in April, resulted in "Ashley" (not her real name) spending four nights in the Harris County Juvenile Detention after charges were filed against her in June.
Ashley, who was nine years old at the time, had been playing "doctor" with a bunch of children in the courtyard of the apartment complex where she lives, when a neighbor reportedly saw her touch the private parts of the 4-year-old boy and phoned the child's mother.
Two months after the initial complaint was filed, HPD officers arrived at Ashley's home and arrested her on suspicion of rape.
"I was crying and they took me to the car and I didn't want to get in and I was crying and I was moving and trying not to get in the police car and my Mom told me to calm down," Ashley told My Fox Houston.
Quanell X, a family friend and the leader of the local New Black Panther Party chapter, says he was shocked to learn of a child this young being charged with such a serious crime over a game of doctor.
"In fact this was nothing more than inappropriate horseplay that has now lead to a child that is ten years old being charged with aggravated rape," he said.
Ashley was due to appear before a judge last week, but her hearing has been re-set for October.
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