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Girl, 3, raped at home while parents were out partying

By Mason White 12:07 PM February 25, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A couple left their two young children home alone while they were out partying.

Now, the couple is being investigated for child neglect after their 3-year-old daughter was raped while they were away.

The three-year-old girl was left alone with her 5-year-old sister in an unlocked apartment in Western Cape, South Africa. The children’s mother, 26, said that when she went to the party at 7:00 p.m., she took her children with her to the party.

However, their father later took them home so that they could sleep in their own beds. The father then returned to the party leaving the children home alone.

When the mother finally returned home, she found her daughters crying. After questioning them, she realized that her 3-year-old daughter had been raped.

“I examined my daughter and saw that her pants and panties were full of blood,” the mother said. The girl told her mother that a family friend “hurt” her.

Police believe that a man came to see the girls’ father, but when he found the girls home alone he raped the younger child. Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said that the suspect was arrested and charged for the rape.

“A case of child neglect has been opened and both parent of the victim are being investigated,” he added. The three-year-old spent two days at the Tygerberg Hospital, where she received treatment for her wounds caused by the attack.