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Oct 18, 2018

San Pedro Police Investigate Rape of a Child

ASP Alejandro Cowo

A thirty-one-year-old Salvadoran national is accused of raping his five-year-old step-daughter on Monday night while she was left with him at their house in San Pedro. The step father was arraigned today in Belize City before Magistrate Emerson Banner who told him that no plea will be taken because the offence is of an indictable nature. No bail was offered and the stepfather who has been living in Belize for about five months was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until December tenth. The mother of the child had stepped out of the house briefly when the heinous act took place. To add salt to the wounds, when the child was taken for medical attention there was no doctor available at the polyclinic. The following day, however, a medical examination was conducted on the five-year-old girl and it established that she had been carnally known. The step-father is facing the charge of ‘rape of a child’. To protect the girl, details of her identity and that of her family will not be disclosed.  This morning, A.S.P. Alejandro Cowo detailed the disturbing incident.


ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“On the sixteenth, the mother visited the station where she reported that sometime in the night she had left her daughter alone at the house and went to a nearby shop to purchase some food. Upon her return to the house, she observed her daughter crying and she had a confrontation with her common-law husband where she observed her common-law husband naked. As a result, an argument ensued between them whereby she left from her residence to a neighbor’s residence. Upon arrival at her residence, she observed that the baby’s clothes had suspected blood. She tried to seek medical attention on that night however the doctor was not available. The following morning she visited the station where she made a report. The child was brought to Belize City where a medical was conducted and the doctor certified that the child was carnally known. Based on that report that she made and the investigation that the police conducted, a thirty-one-year-old Salvadorian National was arrested and charged yesterday for the crime of rape of a child.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Sir do investigators know whether or not this stepfather has done similar acts against this child before? Is it the first time?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

 “No. It is the first time.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What’s the medical condition of the child?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“The child has been released from the hospital. However, based on the investigators and the social workers, the child is going through some trauma and we understand that it is a very young child. We have to give her time and family time also to try to recover from this unfortunate incident. We cannot be pressuring them at this time. We have spoken to the family members and human services and they have assisted them with counseling. That is something that will take a little bit of time before that child fully recovers.”


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