Child Abuse

New Orleans SVU Says Sexually Assaulted 2-Year-Old Doesn’t ‘Warrant A Criminal Investigation’

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Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 2.46.50 PMThe reports of five detectives in the New Orleans Police Department special victims unit are being investigated after claims that the detectives are allegedly responsible for not pursuing investigations on over 1100 sex crime-related calls. One of those calls involves a two-year-old who was brought to an emergency room after an alleged sexual assault. You’re probably going to want to set your computer on fire after you read this.

The 2-year-old was brought to a hospital emergency room after an alleged sexual assault. Tests showed that the toddler had a sexually transmitted disease. One of the five detectives being investigated wrote in his report that the child “did not disclose any information that would warrant a criminal investigation” and closed the case. A toddler didn’t disclose information that would warrant a criminal investigation? After being brought to an emergency room and diagnosed with an STD? 

From CNN:

The findings indicate “there was no effective supervision of these five detectives over a three-year period. Nor could there have been any effective supervision of the supervisors, or any review of the outcome of the cases assigned to these five detectives.”

The Public Integrity Bureau identified 1,290 sex crime-related calls assigned to the five detectives and determined that in only 179 instances — 13.9% — did the detectives file “supplemental reports documenting any additional investigative efforts beyond the initial report; these 179 supplemental reports were the total written investigative product of the five detectives for sex crime-related calls for service for three years.”

Five detectives in a nine-member SUV unit were completely dropping the ball on making any sort of additional investigative efforts on sex crimes. 13.9% of reports. As if sex crimes weren’t already hard enough to prosecute — these detectives were extinguishing any hope that victims would get justice. Why? What kind of monster can see a 2-year-old in an emergency room with an STD and not feel compelled to investigate further. How can something like, “did not disclose any information that would warrant a criminal investigation” be written about a toddler without anyone noticing?

I have no commentary — I only have questions. And a burning desire to see these detectives prosecuted for failing victims.

(photo: CNN)

40 Comments

  1. guest

    November 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    If this damn dog can be put under oath I think you can manage to work around the victim being 2 years old. You have to be actively trying to be a terrible person to let that kind of shit slide. How do they sleep at night?
    http://media2.newsnet5.com//photo/2013/01/14/k-9_oath_20130114211629_320_240.JPG

  2. tk88

    November 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Am I the only more horrified that there are about 1100 more cases that weren’t jnvestigated? Jesus Christ that’s a city’s worth of rape victims. I hope that poor kid’s std is a curable one and s/he has good parents and therapy.

    • SunnyD847

      November 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Sadly, since she already had a diagnosable STD, I’d guess the abuse was ongoing which means the parents or other adults in the house are prime suspects.

    • tk88

      November 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Yeah, I did figure that was a big possibility. But if it’s that bad hopefully s/he can be taken away and given to relatives or good adoptive parents.

  3. AP

    November 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    New Orleans is a politically corrupt mess. This is what happens as a result of entrenched corruption. It’s a nightmare.

    • Andy

      November 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      My thoughts exactly. I grew up in Texas across from the Louisiana border, and NOLA was well known as a place to go and have fun, not a place you aspire to live.

  4. Valerie

    November 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    The world is a terrible place. I give up for today.

  5. Boozy Shark Lee

    November 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This is disgusting.

  6. Guest

    November 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    • Boozy Inactivist

      November 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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  7. keelhaulrose

    November 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Welp, there is only one solution for that department…

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  8. Boozy Inactivist

    November 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    So much rage

    • Boozy Inactivist

      November 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      ..

  9. Jen TheTit Whisperer

    November 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I’ve talked to some pretty articulate 2 year olds and I’m not sure they could “disclose information”. A 2 year old has an STD. That’s pretty fucking conclusive that something sexual went on. FUCK!

    • Jennie Blair

      November 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Seriously, how many ways are there to get a STD that wouldn’t be some kind of assault on a 2 year old?

    • OptimusPrime*

      November 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Herpes can be transmitted from mother to child. Same for HIV. Also, a number can be transmitted via sharing salvia–two years will put a lot in their mouths.

  10. Michael Weldon

    November 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Isn’t there a chief of police or some other such office in NO? Or at least some sort of SVU supervisor? And the author is 100% right, the detective(s) in the case mentioned deserve not only a pink slip but a criminal record.

  11. Assasymphony

    November 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    No, no, of course a TWO YEAR OLD is supposed to be all like “Hey, I was raped by so and so on this day at this time, etc” How else can anyone know? It’s not like they can do tests and check for bodily fluids and… oh, right.

  12. SunnyD847

    November 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Benson and Stabler do not approve

    • LiteBrite(UterineDudebro)

      November 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      You and I both know Benson and Stabler would have been ALL OVER this case.

    • SunnyD847

      November 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Fuck yeah!

    • rockmonster

      November 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    • Laura Gerald

      November 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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  13. noodlestein's danger tits

    November 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    *goes up and checks to make sure she wasn’t re-routed to The Onion* No? This is real life? http://gifsec.com/wp-content/uploads/GIF/2014/03/Despair-GIF-2.gif

  14. MAC

    November 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    The numbers work out to each officer filing slightly less than 12 supplemental reports per year (or one a month). What were they actually doing with their time? Its bad enough (obvi) that they were ignoring instances of terrible abuse, but when you consider that instead of seeking any justice for these victims they were doing nothing, apparently, it just adds another layer.

  15. Katherine Handcock

    November 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I think I am having a rage stroke. Thanks, Mommyish.

  16. mamaduck_75

    November 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    My question would be what was the STD? Herpes can be spread during childbirth, and may not actually show up in the child for years. If it were herpes, and the parent had herpes, and there wasn’t any other evidence, it may make any attempt at prosecution useless. Also, Trichomoniasis is a parasite that can live outside the body for up to 45 minutes and during that time can be spread through a moist or damp object, such as a towel or washcloth. I got it in a group home when we shared towels…I KEPT getting it despite treatment and it wasn’t discovered till later that another girl had it through actual sexual contact, and it was just being spread around.

    I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have investigated further, but I do wonder if there’s more to the story or if there was some sort of resolution or explanation by the doctors and parents that isn’t included in the story that we have.

    • mamaduck_75

      November 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Something to add on the flip side…a lot of larger cities try to alter the books to make their crime rate look lower than it is by NOT investigating or even reporting crimes. I lived in New Orleans for 5 years, and was robbed at gunpoint pushing my groceries across a breezeway to my apartment from a Delchamps (old Louisiana grocery store that I don’t think exists anymore). Cop did nothing…didn’t even take a report, just calmed me down and sent me home. That was in 1998 or 1999…I doubt things have changed much, so even if there is more evidence or it’s truly an STD that could only be spread through sex, I could see them pushing off something that they didn’t think was very prosecutable…which is abhorrent.

  17. OptimusPrime*

    November 12, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    My bet is that they are incredibly underfunded. I’m very familiar with New Orleans politics and the economic situation down there. They may not be able to afford an investigation without brutal injuries, indisputable evidence, or a big scandal in the press. This shouldn’t be the case, but we need to discuss it before we heap blame on the officers involved.

    • SunnyD847

      November 12, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Yeah, but the lack of follow through seems to be a chronic condition with this department. Those numbers are abysmal.

    • Michael Weldon

      November 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

      If you have the money to hire someone it should follow that you provide them the resources to do the job. And a 2 year old kid with an STD merits blame on the “detective” regardless of any funding issues.

  18. rockmonster

    November 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  19. One Funny Motha

    November 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Incredible. But well said.

  20. Mehra Sarethi's new acct.

    November 12, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    WTAF?!?

  21. Rowan

    November 13, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Jesus H Christ on a flaming unicyle WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE???

  22. Michael Weldon

    November 13, 2014 at 10:50 am

    At slate they have a more detailed story:
    “One of the detectives, Damita Williams, even told several people she “did not believe simple rape should be a crime,” according to the report. “[Williams] was assigned 11 simple rape cases over the course of three years; only one was presented to the district attorney’s office,” ”
    -Sounds like NOPD hired some real winners.

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