Four men have been arrested on suspicion of raping and sodomizing a 9-year-old girl on Easter Sunday in Utah while her mother was allegedly smoking methamphetamine in another room, police and KTLA sister station KSTU reported a week after the incident.
The young girl was with her mother, who was visiting a friend, when the pair left the child alone and sleeping on a couch to go into a Utah home’s garage and smoke methamphetamine on March 27, the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release on Sunday.
When the mother returned, she noticed her daughter’s clothing was in disarray, the girl seemed upset and wanted to go home, KSTU reported.
The following day the child told her mother four men had taken her into a bedroom and took turns raping and sodomizing her, and one threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the heinous acts, the TV station reported.
Police were notified and Larson RonDeau, 36, was detained on March 29 after the victim identified him from a picture.
Josiah RonDeau, 20; Jerry Flatlip, 29; and Randall Flatlip, 26 were later arrested on March 31 and April 1, according to police, who did not say if any of the men were related.
All four were booked on suspicion of first-degree felony counts of rape and sodomy.
Evidence; including bloodstained bedding, marijuana and drug paraphernalia; were also obtained when officers executed a search warrant, KSTU reported.
The 9-year-old girl was in state custody following the incident, which was still under investigation, according to police.