Police: Investigation concludes no evidence that SISD special needs child was raped
POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:36pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 2:35pm
Socorro, TX (KTSM) — It has been almost 6 months since the parents of a 9 year-old Socorro boy reported their son was raped in a restroom at HD Hilley Elementary School during school hours back in February 2014.
"Thank God he has got us. He has got his mom; he has got me," said the boy's father.
The boy's parents say he has autism and couldn't specifically describe the man he says "hurt his bottom."
The child's parents say doctors at University Medical Center (UMC) confirmed their son was in fact sexually assaulted and that's when the family reported the incident to police.
But they say the Socorro Police Department has failed to do its job.
"They just give us the run around. Every time you ask them for something, they just say that the investigation is still going on," said the boy's father.
"I would be happy to meet with the family. I have not received a call from them," said Carlos Maldonado, the Chief of the Socorro Police Department.
Maldonado told NewsChannel 9 on Thursday that the department finished their investigation and submitted the case to the El Paso District Attorney for review.
The chief says he hasn't personally reviewed the hospital documents but says the lab tests don't confirm there was a rape.
"The evidence has failed to reveal that number one, a crime has been committed, and hasn't revealed a suspect to any degree," said Maldonado.
The boy's family received a letter from Child Protective Services (CPS) about their case.
The agency was also investigating the family's rape claims but says they couldn't determine who the alleged attacker was or if a rape even happened.
But the child's parents aren't convinced.
"They just want time to go by so we can all forget about it," said the boy's father.
He says their son has been traumatized by the experience, that he's afraid to use the restroom.
"We're not going to let this go. We got to get answers," said the boy's father.
"These are parents of a child and they may never be satisfied with the answers we provide," said Maldonado.
The boy's parents have since transferred their son out of HD Hilley Elementary School.
They plan to take their case to another law enforcement agency.