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Young girl testifies against 3 men accused of raping her while mom smoked meth

May 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Young girl testifies against 3 men accused of raping her while mom smoked meth

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A girl from rural Utah recounted in disturbing detail Thursday about how she was raped by three men in the bedroom of a house after she completed an Easter-egg hunt while her mother was in a garage smoking meth.

The girl, now 11 years old, testified via video at the beginning of the rape trial of the three men charged in the 2016 rape, who have rejected the allegations of assault.

The girl, who was in braids and jeans, testified that the suspects threatened to murder her and her family if she informed anyone about the attack that took place in Uintah County, which sits on the border of Colorado. Because the victim is a minor, her identity will be kept sealed.

When her mother returned, the then 9-year-old child was upset and her dress disheveled. She said she wanted to go home and told her mother what had happened two days later.

Defense lawyers contend that there’s no DNA or other physical evidence against the men who have charged with child rape and sodomy, Fox News reports.

The defendants have been identified as Larson RonDeau, 38, Randall Flatlip, 28, and Jerry Flatlip, 31.

“These men are all innocent as they sit here,” defense attorney Loni DeLand stated.

Larson RonDeau (center), 38, Randall Flatlip (left), 28, and Jerry Flatlip (right), 31, have been accused of raping the young Utah girl after an Easter-egg hunt in March 2016. (Uintah County Sheriff’s Office)

He claimed that the child’s mother influenced her story by suggesting what had taken place, and a child-welfare worker mishandled an interview with the victim.

In a video of that child welfare interview that took place in 2016, the girl spoke happily about the ice cream and cake she had at her last birthday before she talked about the pink, white and black blanket in the room where the sexual assault occurred.

During Thursday’s testimony, the girl answered questions from the defense team, including inquiries about whether she was upset when her mother discovered her because she had a nightmare.

The girl’s mother entered a guilty plea to a charge of misdemeanor child abuse for leaving the girl to use drugs with a friend she’d met during a previous stay in jail; the friend had been sharing the residence with the three suspects.

She was sentenced to time behind bars and drug treatment after the plea deal.

The girl was put in state custody and is in the care of her Native American tribe.

Several jurors on the panel of five women and five men looked upset and took notes as the girl testified.

The case had taken several shifts before it went to trial. Charges were initially filed against four individuals, but one defendant was dismissed after the child’s mother couldn’t be found to testify at an evidentiary hearing after the incident took place.

Last year, a judge declared a mistrial when not enough jurors could be recruited because too few people showed up for jury duty.

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