Mom says 5-year-old daughter assaulted on JCPS school bus

Published: Sep. 8, 2010 at 10:51 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM EST
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Louisville, KY - By Janelle MacDonald - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville mother says another child sexually assaulted her 5-year- old daughter on a Jefferson County Public School bus.

JCPS is investigating, but the Louisville Metro Police Department says detectives are not sure a sexual assault occurred and see no reason to get involved.

However, a source close to the JCPS investigation says they have no reason to doubt the mother's allegations that her daughter was sexually assaulted on a bus ride home from Klondike Elementary on Sept. 2. That source says all of the children the little girl claims were involved in the assault were under the age of ten.

Investigators with the school system have talked with witnesses, but not the little girl. Still, a source says JCPS investigators got some very valuable information from those other witnesses and hope to wrap things up by the end of the week.

As for LMPD, a spokesman says someone at Kosair Children's Hospital contacted the Crimes Against Children Unit when the mother showed up there Thursday night with her daughter.

LMPD says Kosair had asked for authorization to do a rape kit, but that's not something detectives would or would not authorize. As far as detectives were concerned, there was no indication of sexual assault or anything sexual except for the girl's torn underwear.

Bryan Carter, Chief Psychologist at the Bingham Clinic, is not involved in this case. However, he says most kids that young by their nature are not inclined to think in a sexual way.

Children who do, Carter says, are often either imitating something they've been exposed to or perhaps have been a victim themselves.

He says, in this case, with the victim's torn underwear, he has reason for concern about the alleged assailants.

"That suggests to me that even if they just witnessed that, what they saw was pretty graphic and somehow they weren't able to let go of that thought," Carter said. "They're acting out on their thought because those impulses are poorly controlled."

A JCPS spokeswoman says the school system has talked to some of the students and the mother involved and will take whatever action necessary when that investigation is finished.

We want to stress there has been no disciplinary action so far against any of the students.

The mother would like both of her children transferred out of Klondike.

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