Dallas police seek suspects in rape of hearing-impaired 13-year-old

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by TANYA EISERER and MARIE SAAVEDRA

WFAA

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

DALLAS — Authorities are investigating Tuesday night’s attack of a 13-year-old hearing-impaired girl who told authorities she was dragged from a park by two men and raped in a garage.

No arrests have been made in the case.

News 8 spoke exclusively to the victim’s mother Wednesday, who said she believes her daughter was targeted because of her hearing impairment.

“They didn’t think she was going to be able to tell someone,” the victim’s mother said. The name of the mother is being withheld, since her daughter is a rape victim.

Dallas police spokesman Lt. Max Geron said detectives are following up on leads in the case and will soon be interviewing the victim.

The attack occurred about 7:45 p.m. in Sand Springs Park, near North Masters Drive and Scyene Road.

The victim had gone to the park with a cousin. She was approached by two men after the cousin went to another portion of the park. The victim described the men as being in their late teens or early 20s.

The two men asked the teen if she would have sex with them, the mother said.

“She told them, ‘No,’” the mother said. “She said one guy grabbed her arm and the other guy began to get behind her and push her. She said they then pulled her up the street and they went into a back fence, they lifted the garage, and pushed her into the garage.”

The victim told her mother that she began to scream. One of the men hit her in the back of her head and covered her mouth. The men threw her on the bed and forced her to perform oral sex on them and raped her, her mother said.

After the attack, one of the attackers wrote a message on his cell phone and showed it to the victim. It asked that she not tell anybody about the attack, the mother said.

They all then returned to the park. The victim’s mother said she drove up in her about that time. Her daughter came running toward her car.

The two men ran in opposite directions. Her daughter told her what had happened, and they called police from a relative’s nearby home.

The teen was treated at a Dallas hospital and his now back home with her mother. She said her daughter is terrified and doesn’t want to be alone.

“She’s shaky,” her mother said. “She’s not eating... She wants me in her sight.”

The victim’s mother said her daughter dropped her phone during the attack and she’s hoping that will help police find the men.

“I just think they’re pitiful and they need to be off the streets before they target someone else,” her mother said.

E-mail teiserer@wfaa.com

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