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Kindergartner accused of molesting child

2 years 10 months 2 weeks ago December 10, 2013 Dec 10, 2013 Tuesday, December 10 2013 December 10, 2013 5:48 PM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- A family is demanding answers after they claim their six-year-old was molested by another kindergartner at Audubon Elementary last week.

The incident occurred while the students were on a bathroom break using the buddy system.

"The young lady stripped completely naked, kissed my daughter and straddled my daughter," Elizabeth Jones Breland said.

Breland and her husband David said they're sick over what allegedly happened. 

"There's nothing innocent about two six-year-olds and a six-year-old performing those type of acts," Breland said. "There's nothing innocent about that."

The Brelands said when they found out about the incident, they immediately reported it to law enforcement. They were referred to the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and said they met with Principal Nakia Dangerfield.

"I asked her how do I have assurance that nothings going to happen again," David Breland said. "She looked at me smirking and said she doesn't know. It's a gray area in the system."

So News 2 tried to talk to Dangerfield today.  Even though a car was parked in the principal's spot and we were told she was on campus, she wouldn't discuss the incident with us.

A spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System confirmed there was an incident at the school last week. However, he declined to do an on-camera interview, because the incident is still under investigation.

"This is something we are definitely interested in," Juvenile Prosecutor Curtis Nelson said.

Nelson is familiar with juveniles who behave badly. Nelson believes there are strong signs in this case that the six-year-old involved in this case needs help.

"Either the child has been touched inappropriately or that child has seen something, social media, or pornography on TV," Nelson said. "They are mimicking that behavior. Because at age six, one would think a child would not have the cognitive development to understand sex in that context."

For the Brelands this case was never about prosecuting the six-year-old. Instead, they want the child to get help. They say their daughter will need therapy too.

"It traumatizes her," Breland said. "Sometime we will catch her in a daze. She has been unable to sleep."

Nelson said typically the school system will alert the Juvenile Section of the District Attorney's Office about issues like this. So far they haven't been contacted about it.

The Brelands said they aren't ruling out legal action about the way the incident was handled.

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