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Boys in rape case to get foster care

August 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Two 10-year-old boys charged in the alleged gang rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl must be released from juvenile detention and placed in therapeutic foster-care homes rather than with their families, judges ruled.

Judge Aimee Anderson also found one of the boys incompetent to stand trial and ordered him enrolled in a program that could render him fit within six months. Two mental health experts found the other 10-year-old incapable of becoming competent to stand trial within six months. Judge Dawn Bergin could order charges against that boy dismissed at a hearing next month.

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