19-year-old Tennessee man accused of raping a 9-month-old girl while friend recorded the awful attack
Two friends face rape charges after one allegedly filmed the other assaulting a nine-month-old baby girl
Two men, Isiah Dequan Hayes, 19, and Daireus Jumare Ice, 22, were indicted by a grand jury in Memphis, Tennessee, Tuesday on charges including aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor after they were accused of raping a 9-month-old girl and filming the incident. Hayes was recorded molesting the infant several years ago when he was 17, but was arrested in February after he admitted to inappropriately touching the baby, Memphis Police said.
Speaking to WREG at the time, Hayes' older brother said the news is difficult to swallow. "To hear this is heartbreaking and scary," he said, on condition of anonymity, before apologizing to the family of the victim. "Us as a family, we apologize. I know that the child may not remember, but it's something a mother is going to have to hold on to forever. Like, knowing that your child was exposed to something like that. You trusted your child with someone, and you have to deal with seeing this on your own," he said.
The baby's mother saw the video of her 9-month-old daughter being molested on a phone and immediately reported it to the police. She was able to identify Hayes as the offender after recognizing him from Facebook, the Daily Mail reported. While the disturbing crime took place in 2016, the video only resurfaced now because of a family feud and claimed Hayes is not the only person in the footage, his brother said at the time.
Hayes' brother wanted him to get help but said the other person in the video should also be held accountable for his actions. "He wasn’t mentally stable during that point in time. Like, I know his mind state. He was probably coerced for money, drugs, and anything. He was being young and growing up in the hood, as they say," he said. It was later found that the person recording the horrific crime was Daireus Jumare Ice, who was also identified through social media.
Len Edwards, who works with the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children (COMEC), said: "Well, the first thing to understand here is the motivation is not always about sex. It's about money, and it’s a $20 billion a year industry." According to Edwards, this case highlights a larger issue prevalent in our society, and that is that we are responsible for speaking out if we see something wrong. "When you look at the facts, there are 1.5 million images of child pornography in this country. And last year, 10,000 of the children were actually identified, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," said Edwards. "I mean that’s a tiny, tiny sample.”
Both Ice and Hayes are currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with bail amounts set at $10,000 and $1.75 million respectively. While information on attorneys for the duo was not immediately available, Ice is scheduled to appear in court on November 7.