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Girl in Arizona rape case to stay in state custody

The father denies accusations that he had blamed his 8-year-old daughter for the alleged assault. Child services will reassess the situation in three months.

July 28, 2009|Associated Press

PHOENIX — A Liberian man whose 8-year-old daughter allegedly was raped by four boys, then reportedly shunned by her family, must wait at least three months before possibly regaining custody of the girl.

The father, who is not being named to protect the girl's identity, met with Child Protective Services on Monday.

The girl was taken into state custody after officials said her parents blamed her for the assault and said they didn't want her anymore. But on Monday, the father denied the accusations.

The family's pastor, who accompanied him to the meeting, said child services officials would reassess the situation after 90 days. No arrangements for visitation have been made.

Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old Liberian refugee as an adult. Three other boys -- ages 9, 10 and 13 -- have been charged in juvenile court.

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