Texas girl, 9, says she's being sexually abused by mother's boyfriend in video: 'Mommy watches it happen'
A GoFundMe page dedicated to raising legal funds for the child claims her 'father is fighting for her life while her abusers pull every resource to get their hands back on her'
FRISCO, TEXAS: A nine-year-old girl in Frisco, Texas has alleged that she has been subjected to domestic violence, sexual grooming, as well as molestation in her primary residence.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to raising legal funds for the youngster, identified as Sophie Long, 9, claims her "father is fighting for her life while her abusers pull every resource to get their hands back on her." Meanwhile, Sophie has also alleged that her biological mother is complicit in the abuse and is "encouraging it."
"We have gone through 30 thousand dollars since June and the fight somehow isn't over," organizer Kourtney Chalmers wrote on the crowdfunding website. "We have been dealing with CPS, Law Enforcement, Lawyers, DFPS, Forensic interviews, and several doctors that are helping with Sophie's recent medical issues in her private areas and as a resolute of the assault by her mother and grandmother in this video."
The above video Kourtney is referring to is also embedded on the GoFundMe page, which has raised more than $50,000 of its $25,000 goal at the time of writing. According to Chalmers, little Sophie is "desperate to be saved from that environment and we are desperate to help her." "She states her life has been threatened by these people and she is afraid, but has a brave heart and wants to help her brothers get away from the abuse too," she added.
From minutes 14:40 through 16:30 of the clip, Sophie is seen pleading with her grandmother (her biological mom's mother) to listen to her and explaining what went on at her home. The grandmother is heard asking "Who's touching you?" To which Sophie says "Mr. Jake...and Mommy watches... Mommy watches it happen." Her grandmother then asks, "Where does he touch you?" To which she says "my Vivi."
Sophie then goes on to talk about "blood in her underwear" and how she's tired of all the abuse, but her grandmother appears to dismiss her completely and says she couldn't have gotten the lead role in the school play or done gymnastics "if she felt that bad about herself."
The grandma, who has not been identified, does not address Sophie's accusation about her parents abusing her. Instead, she acts as if the girl never said it. The rest of the footage sees Sophie's mother and grandmother attempt to drag the youngster out of her father's vehicle. Sophie's pleas not to go back home appear to be completely ignored.
"We are down to the wire and in an all-out legal fight while trying to get law enforcement everything they need for their investigation," the page reads, before bemoaning that the court is "actually considering giving them back to her mother and the people who help her physically and mentally assault the children according to Sophie and the boys - including relatives of her fiancee who Sophie has described horrific sexual encounters with."
The aforementioned video went viral on the internet, with social media users urging the authorities to take action as quickly as possible. It also sparked #StandWithSophie on Twitter.
Following a deluge of comments and pleas urging a quick response, the Frisco Police Department released a statement addressing the case. However, they did not provide any details in light of the ongoing investigation.
"The Frisco Police Department is aware of the information circulating on social media related to the welfare of a child. This is an active case currently under investigation by our Criminal Investigations Division," the department wrote in a statement. "We certainly appreciate the passion and concern expressed by everyone on social media and consider protecting the children in our community as one of our greatest responsibility. However, because it is an active case, we cannot provide any other comment."
The investigation continues.
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