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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Search for missing child leads to rape allegations

  • What started as a search for a missing juvenile turned into the investigation of an alleged rape of an 11-year-old male according to an incident report filed by the Helena-West Helena Police Department.
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  • What started as a search for a missing juvenile turned into the investigation of an alleged rape of an 11-year-old male according to an incident report filed by the Helena-West Helena Police Department. In his narrative, Officer Charles Byrd reported responding to a 5th Street address regarding a missing juvenile around 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. The child's mother reported that he had not returned from school. She told Byrd that she last time she saw him he was with the man that drove him to school that morning. According to Byrd's report, the mother contacted school officials who told her that the youngster had attended school that day. The driver of the school bus that the child was supposed to have ridden home on told Byrd that he dropped off the child at the usual location. The mother proceeded to give Byrd a description of the child and the clothes he was wearing that day. In a separate narrative, Cpl. Lee Reddix reported returning to the residence at which time, the mother told the officer that the child had been brought home by a school janitor but who's name she did not know. According to the report, the mother told the officer that the janitor stated that he found the child locked in a closet at the school with another male. Reddix's narrative states that the child told the mother that an unknown assailant had raped him and his friend. The child was taken to the hospital's emergency room to be examined. No report was filed regarding the second alleged victim and no arrests have been made at this time.

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