|Child abuse (illustration)|
By: Alexis Bell WorldWideWeirdNews.com
A father who had custody of his young daughter, was accused of sleeping with her in bed and raping her, according to police in Zimbabwe.
Plumtree police said that they have arrested the 40-year-old man, who was not identified to protect the identity of the rape victim, after being accused of beating his 5-year-old stepson and raping his 1-year-old daughter.
The man was charged with rape and assault.
In court, the man was acquitted of rape as the father did not have physical custody of the girl for several hours prior to being brought to a hospital for a medical examination to prove a sexual assault.
The man was convicted of assault after the 5-year old boy testified in court about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather.
According to the criminal complaint, the man’s wife fled from the home after he threatened to cut her with an ax because she protested the sexual abuse of her daughter.
The man then continued to sexually assault his daughter and rape her. One day, the man tied his 5-year-old stepson to a tree and beat him.
After the incident, the boy fled from the home and reported the abuse to the police. Doctors confirmed that the 1-year-old girl was raped.