Nicole and Darrel Francis: Parents demand justice for 7-yr-old daughter who was raped as suspect at large
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ADAMS COUNTY, COLORADO: A mother has gone viral with her cry for help on TikTok after she told her followers that the perpetrator who kidnapped and raped her seven-year-old daughter is still not behind bars. Nicole and Darrel Francis are currently living in hiding for fear of retribution from the man, who is still on the loose.
"On September 24, my seven-year-old daughter was kidnapped and sexually assaulted," said parent Nicole Francis. "The whole time he was grooming her and then we found it this isn't the first time he had done it before but he is terrified her to where that she wouldn't talk," claimed the mother. The heartbroken parents filed a report with the Adams County Sheriff's Office, where the man was questioned, but he was released and never booked, Fox 19 reports. No action has been taken against the man for over 8 weeks.
The Sheriff's Office proceeded to tell Nicole that, "they couldn't charge him formally with any charges at this time" and they asked her to "take her child to the children's hospital and have a rape kit done" which the mother did so the very same night, claimed Fox 19. The TikTok video of the mother demanding justice has been viewed more than a million times. The Adams County investigator, Kenny Dick said the "DNA from the rape case is still being processed."
Sources from the Adams County Sheriff's office said, "When they receive a case where there is a victim of rape it is transferred to the prosecutor's office." "Eight weeks is normal because the BCI lab which processes the rape kit is jam-packed." The source further added, "The prosecutor's office cannot move forward without the laboratory results." The seven-year-old parents are living in fear because the perpetrator has threatened to kill Nicole and his daughter. "He had said that he will kill me and my daughter before he spends a day in prison," the helpless mother told the source.
The mother said in the TikTok video that her daughter is so terrified that she wouldn't even go to school because she is scared that the man will find her. "Everywhere she went she was constantly looking around, 'mommy is he here? mommy is he there?'" "She didn't wanna go to school because she was afraid he was going to come to school and find her," explained Nicole. According to Fox 9, there has been no report of threats but the investigation is taken over by the Adam County prosecutor.