Child abuse is a serious issue that affects children of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. It refers to any intentional harm or mistreatment inflicted upon a child and can take many forms, including physical abuse, se-ual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.
Two men are accused of ra-ing a nine-month-old baby and filming the assault.
19-year-old Isiah and 22-year-old Daireus were indicted by a grand jury on various charges, including aggravated se-ual exploitation of a minor.
According to the District Attorney General’s Office release, the girl’s mother reported to police that she found a video on a cell phone and realized the horrific video showed Isiah and her daughter.
One of the videos allegedly showed one suspect touching the baby, who was naked from the waist down, as he exposed himself.
The child’s mother identified the two men from the video. Police were also able to identify the suspect and arrested Isiah on February 13.
According to the release, Isiah was the man in the video, and Daireus was filming.
“Well the first thing to understand here is the motivation is not always about se-. It’s about money, and it’s a $20 billion a year industry,” said Len, with the Commission on Missing and Exploited Children.
Len says this case speaks to a bigger problem we have in our society, and it’s our responsibility if we see something wrong to say something.
“When you look at the facts, there are 1.5 million images of child po-nography 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 Len. “I mean that’s a tiny, tiny sample.”
Isiah was indicted on a charge of aggravated assault on a child, and Daireus was indicted on a charge of being criminally responsible for the conduct of another person in the aggravated ra-e of a child.
We are republishing this story in light of recent reports that show child abuse has significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.