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Oct 17, 2017

U.S. National Detained Following Alleged Abduction of El Progreso Schoolgirls

In Monday’s newscast, we reported on the foiled abduction of three young girls in the west. Today, News Five’s Duane Moody headed to El Progresso Seven Miles Community to follow this story. Now, a well-known U.S. businessman, who resides in a nearby community is in police custody and is being investigated, following the report made by the girls. It is now more than thirty hours since the alleged incident and he is yet to be charged. But, as they say, there are two sides to every story. The mother of two of the girls has provided details bolstering the claims made by her daughters, but there are conflicting reports coming from other sources on what may or may not have transpired.  Here’s what Duane found out.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

An American national is tonight in police custody pending further investigations into an alleged abduction of three primary school students. Ten-year-old Yamilette Ixtapac and siblings, Lupita and Marisol Niño, ages ten and eight respectively, had reportedly left the school compound prior to the first bell to purchase ideals at a shop, two blocks away. They did, but never returned to classes and were seen getting into a pickup truck, spotted in the village belonging to a well-known businessman from the area.

 

Lupita Aleman, Mother of Nino Siblings

“Around nine o’clock I send my daughter to school. And then I never feel so good after they gone to school, then my neighbor they came and said, Miss Lupe you know that something is wrong? I said no, my daughter is in school. Then about twelve o’clock, the next daughter came and I asked her if my daughter is in school and she said no mom, the principal is very worried.”

 

Lupita Aleman says that her daughter and their friend were taken to the businessman’s property where one of the girls was sexually molested. But a doctor has since certified that neither of the children was carnally known. They did, however, sustain various abrasions to their legs and arms. According to Aleman this was because the girls jumped from the vehicle near mile three on the Chiquibul road, just outside of Georgeville. Their father Juan Nino intercepted the vehicle as he saw one of his daughters trying to escape from the pan of the moving pickup.

 

Voice of: Juan Nino, Father of Nino Siblings [Translated]

“We were coming like 12:30 and when we reached around mile three, we came up on the vehicle that was carrying the three girls. We passed in front of him when one of the girls jumped from the vehicle. She climbed on to the bumper of the car and jumped from the vehicle. That’s when we stopped and when we got out, the girl got back into the vehicle and took out one of my daughters. When my other daughter saw that, she jumped out of the vehicle as well. And when the man saw us coming towards the vehicle, he sped off.”

 

Lupita Aleman

Lupita Aleman

“I get surprise because my son is running inside in the house and I said what happened. And he said just now we take out my sister from my man weh mi di ker them and they are hurt, bad hurt.”

 

Duane Moody

“What has your daughters said happened between nine o’clock and twelve o’clock when they were found?”

 

Lupita Aleman

“When they were found, she said that the man ker them to the man house, because he sell rum and everything over there. And he went into the house and then he come out and ih say unu hungry. And ih say no. And he say mom, he just come and throw we wah piece of bread like dog. Then my daughter say ih tied them up inside of the car and ih show them to the back. So ih tied them up and like how my daughter mi got ih shirt and dress, ih say ih take out ih shirt and put wah cotton ina ih mouth and if you wah make noise, I will tie yo up. And he tie ih mouth and ih hand. But ih neva tie my foot mom, she said so we coulda mi jump from the car, but we neva want because ih say he wah kill we.”

 

But there is conflicting information about what occurred and an ongoing police investigation, including the Ministry of Education and the Department of Social Services, will determine what really happened. The frightening allegations in the small community have brought into sharp focus best practices for safety at home and at school for children. The El Progresso Seven Miles Community School currently provides for one hundred and thirty-seven students and Principal Brian Watson says that children are taught precautionary measures when walking to and from school.

 

Brian Watson

Brian Watson, Principal, El Progresso/7 Miles Community School

“The services that we provide are not only the basics educational services, but we try to cater to a holistic development of every child. And we work wholeheartedly with all of our stakeholders to ensure the safety and the promotion of our students. The important thing to remember about student safety is not just here at school, but every family needs to have their own safety plan, their own emergency plan and to educate their own children, as responsible parents, on all the foreseeable things that may happen to their child on the streets and how things can be prevented. The safest ways to do things; if you are going home and you see somebody approaching behind stop an adult’s house or something like that. So it is not only right here at school, but as a community on a whole, it is important to educate our children outside of these walls as well.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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