Mom talks about child's sexual assault

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In a quiet Sevier County neighborhood just over the county line, a family is trying to recover from a terrible crime. It happened around 6 p.m. Saturday. A mom, who didn't want to be identified, said her six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son were playing outside. Her son came in and said his sister had walked away with a man.

"I started freaking out - I went out there screaming her name, I went to walk to the neighbor's, just to double check - maybe she went over there - and I saw her running out of the woods from the corner of my eye," the mother said.

She said her daughter was bleeding from the mouth, with other injuries on her face and legs. Some of her clothes were missing.

"She had a rope around her wrist, she had only one sock on and then a jacket and a t-shirt, that's it. She was all muddy, she had blood on her and boo-boos," she said.

The woman's fiance tried to find who hurt the child, while the six-year-old explained what happened.

"He lured her into the woods. He told her to look at a circle. He asked her what her name was, he asked her what my son's name was. And then he told my son to run around the house twice and go home and find a toy," the mother explained.

She said her daughter fought back and said that, along with her screams for her daughter, scared the attacker off.

"That's when he tied her to the tree. He told her, 'If you're not here when I get back, I'll kill you - you'll never see your mommy again.' And she scratched him - that's some of the evidence they have and she bit him - he still had the bite mark on his hand. She told me, 'I was brave, Mommy. I was brave.' She's so proud of herself and I'm so proud of her."

Deputies arrested a 13-year-old boy on Monday. He's charged with aggravated kidnapping and rape of a child. He's being held in the Sevier County Juvenile Facility and has a hearing on Thursday.

The mom said her daughter was checked out at the hospital and is doing okay, although she's scared to be alone. She said she's planning to move and said she'll never let her kids out of her sight again.


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