10-year-old charged in case of Liberian girl’s rape ordered detained

10-year-old charged in rape case ordered detained

PHOENIX — A judge ordered a 10-year-old Liberian boy accused with three other boys of raping an 8-year-old girl in Phoenix to be detained while the case is investigated.

The boy wept in court Wednesday morning as the judge spoke to him during a hearing.

The handcuffed boy slouched in his oversized chair and was expressionless for most of the hearing.

But tears began pouring down his face and his sniffles could be heard over a courtroom microphone when juvenile court Judge Aimee Anderson told him she was proud of him for getting an award at the detention facility where he has been held.

Anderson granted prosecutors’ request to change two of the charges from sexual assault to sexual conduct. The boy also is charged with kidnapping.

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