Police took a Michigan man into custody on Wednesday evening after the parents of a five-year-old a girl accused the man of urinating on their daughter.
According to the Associated Press, two 7-year-old children and a 5-year-old were in an alley near their home in Grand Rapids, Mich., when a man allegedly urinated on the youngest child and called her a racial slur. The young children told their parents who alerted the Grand Rapids police.
When the police responded, all three children gave a description of the man and confirmed that they saw a man, described as a 60-year-0ld white male, commit the heinous act, including the use of the n-word. After canvassing the area, the police identified a possible suspect, including his home address.
The suspect in question was not at home, but the police returned to the address and arrested the man without incident.
While the Grand Rapids Police Department said “[t]here were no injuries to the victim or witnesses,” Michigan Live reports that Family Services is investigating the incident and the Children’s Advocacy Center has reached out to the victim and witnesses to provide counseling.
After investigating the claim, The Root has learned that the suspect is scheduled for arraignment in court on Thursday where prosecutors will file formal charges against the suspect if any.
Updated: Friday, Aug. 24, 12: 28 p.m. EDT: Grand Rapids Police have identified the man accused of urinating on a five-year-old as 60-year-old David Allen Dean, a convicted sex offender according to documents obtained by The Root.
KTLA interviewed Katrena Rapier, the mother of the victim and the two children who witnessed the alleged crime. “She came in the house and she was wet, like soaking wet, and I’m asking her what happened but she was afraid to tell me because she thought she was going to get in trouble,” Rapier said. “And then I called my boys because I knew they’d tell me and then they said the guy said ‘stupid n-word’ and started peeing on her.”
The children were in the alley playing hide and seek when Dean came from hiding behind a bush. He was charged with felony sex offense excluding assault and commercializing, KUTV reports.
Dean is a registered sex offender who was convicted on several counts of criminal sexual conduct since his first conviction in 1981, according to information obtained by The Root.
Updated: Saturday, Aug. 25, 9:01 a.m. EDT:
Western Michigan prosecutors have released a 60-year-old man accused of peeing on a five-year-old black girl and calling her a racial slur, saying that the children who were with the child made the story up to avoid trouble.
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