What the Hell is Going on in Memphis, Tennessee?
My friend Dodia Fae sent me this story of two children in Memphis raping a toddler which was bad enough, but the story gets worse. Apparently children raping toddlers isn’t unheard of in the area:
Two boys, ages 7 and 9, have admitted to raping a toddler.
The 2-year-old victim’s brother, age 5, saw the two neighborhood boys abusing his sister and told his mother. The boys initially blamed each other but gave similar details about the Aug. 9 crime, which included penetration.
Both boys later admitted to the crime to avoid a trial.
During a Shelby County Juvenile Court hearing Monday, Magistrate Dan Michael is scheduled to decide whether to remove the boys from their South Memphis homes.
Barry Mitchell, chief probation officer for Juvenile Court, said the two boys are the youngest to be charged with rape in Shelby County during his 11-year tenure.
However, sex crimes by juveniles are common, Lareau said.
“I’m seeing three of these sorts of cases a month,” he said.
In one recent case, a 10-year-old raped a 6-year-old, and three boys, ages 11, 13 and 15, are awaiting trial in adult court on charges of raping a toddler.
Juvenile sex crimes, ranging from sexual touching to penetration with injury, increased by 19.5 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, said Jerry Maness, the director of court services for Juvenile Court.
More than 150 sexual offenses were blamed on minors last year, compared to 128 in 2009, he said.
What the hell is going on in Memphis? MyFox Memphis has more. I’d get out of Memphis if I were a parent. Greenville County is much more family friendly.