BELTON, Mo. -- A seven-year-old Belton girl went to play hide-and-seek before dinner, a few minutes later she went to her mom, crying. She says a teenaged neighbor touched her privates and authorities are now involved.
Last Sunday night, the mom was making dinner when her daughter asked to go play with other kids in their apartment complex. She reluctantly said yes. Now the mom is heartbroken after her daughter was allegedly violated by a 14-year-old boy.
"I've tried so hard to protect her, I feel like I let her down," explained the mom.
She's still beating herself up, but finds some solace in her daughter's willingness to tell her what happened.
"She came out, sat down on the couch and started crying, and said her friend’s brother had touched her inappropriately," she said.
Her seven-year-old was playing hide-and-seek with another boy her age and his 14-year-old brother. The younger boy was counting.
"Her and the older kid went down in the basement to hide, and when they were down there, he put his hand underneath her shirt. She had said no and he told her, ‘don't tell anybody,’ and put his hand in her pants and she said no," the mom said.
Shortly after, the victim went inside and told her mom. She called police, who came right away. The seven-year-old told them the same story.
"The police advised us it would be best if we took her to Children's Mercy right away to have her examined," the mom said.
After a thorough exam they left the hospital. The mom says she knows her daughter is hurting and she sees it when she wants to go play.
"Every time we step out the door, he's out there playing and that's not fair to my daughter," the mom said.
The police report says officers went and talked to the 14-year-old and his parents. He denies touching the seven-year-old. The investigation is not over. The victim will tell her story to children's protective services on Friday.
"I want him arrested, I think a child, a young man who is 14 years old, if he can sit there and tell my daughter, ‘don't tell anybody,’ he knows right from wrong, he knows right from wrong," the mom said.
Once the interview is done and police wrap their investigation, all evidence will be forwarded to the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office.