Idaho Mother of 5-Year-Old Rape Victim Speaks Out


Her daughter was sexually assaulted by three Muslim refugee boys, and the mother is angry over the cover-up.

It has been over a month since the June 2 attack on her 5-year-old daughter, but the child is still traumatized by the incident, says Laney Shelly, of Twin Falls, Idaho.   (Name changed to protect her privacy, as reported by World Net Daily.)

The mother is upset that local authorities are still denying her access to documents on the case, such as the police and medical reports and the 911 transcripts.  She is also angry with the false information local authorities have relayed to the media.

In addition, one of the boys who molested her daughter still lives right next door, and her daughter can’t understand why she can no longer play outside.  They feel like prisoners in their own home.

Shelly, 28, is a stay-at-home mom who has a rare liver disease and has to take special medication that makes her sensitive to the sun.  She can’t be exposed to the sun more than 5 minutes at a time.   She also has a son who is autistic, and her fiancé works as a chef at a local hotel.

Shelly explained to World Net Daily what really happened that day at their Fawnbrook apartment complex…

Three boys assaulted her daughter – Two Muslim refugee boys from Sudan, ages 10 and 14, and a 7-year-old Iraqi Muslim refugee boy.   Both families were served eviction notices after the incident – the Sudan family left immediately, but the Iraqi family has refused to move.

“It all happened in 10 minutes,” she said. “I was outside with her and had to use the restroom real fast and by the time I got out she was gone. I was freaking out.”

The oldest of the three refugee boys, the 14-year-old from Sudan, captured the entire incident on a 4-minute video. “Two of them were naked and the one videotaping was coaching the others on what to do,” Shelly said.

What the youngest boy was allegedly caught on camera doing to their daughter would definitely qualify as rape under Idaho laws, reports WND.

An elderly resident of the complex, Joline Payne, caught the boys in the process of videoing and molesting the little girl in the laundry room of the complex, stopped them, told them to put their clothes back on, and took the child to her mother.

“When she saw me she said ‘you need to call the cops.’ She called and I called as well. It took two to two and a half hours for them to get here,” Shelly said. “That’s why I wanted to see the police report because I know they’re going to change that.”

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury said during a city-council meeting that officers arrived in a “timely manner.”

“But they did not arrive in a timely manner,” Shelly said. “We called and said there was a little girl who was just raped. Does that not matter to them? They I guess were busy. It was Western Days. But what if someone was dying? I just don’t get it.”

She said she was surprised the two older boys were released from juvenile detention after less than a week.

The youngest boy was never detained but had a hearing last Thursday.  “He was under house arrest but he doesn’t have the [monitoring] bracelet. It’s supervised by the parent,” Shelly said. “And they changed the no-contact order from 300 yards to 100 feet. It’s like we’re the ones that are getting all of the bad news, like we did something wrong.”

Authorities also have not answered Shelly’s questions about the refugee families’ immigration status, only telling her one family is from Sudan and the other from Iraq, and both have been in the U.S. for two years or less.   If they do not have green cards or citizenship yet, they could possibly still be deported, said local attorney Mark Guerry.

“Part of what’s going on, in my opinion, is the state is trying to keep this thing well under the radar so they can make a decision about how to handle this without having to face the public, and be able to dispose of it as fast as they can without it reflecting badly on them. Nobody wants the scandal of protest over someone being injured by a Muslim immigrant,” Guerry said.

The couple wants to move to a safer location, and friends have started a GoFundMe account hoping to raise enough money to help them move.  They also need to hire a lawyer.  The account has raised more than $12,000 so far.

“She’s still traumatized really bad,” Shelly said of her daughter, who has a developmental disability. “This week she starts in counseling. When she sees boys, she’ll tell me ‘those are bad boys, those are all bad boys.’”

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