Judges: Liberian boys charged in rape incompetent

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PHOENIX -- Judges in Phoenix have ruled that two 10-year-old boys charged in the alleged gang-rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl must be released from juvenile detention and placed in therapeutic foster-care homes.


2 kids in girl's rape not competent for trial - azfamily.com's Marissa Wingate reports the two youngest cousing involved in the alleged rape of an 8-year-old Liberian girl have been found not competent to stand trial.

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Judge Aimee Anderson ruled Tuesday that one boy is incompetent to stand trial but could become competent. She ordered him enrolled in a program that could render him fit for trial within six months.

Two mental health experts found that the other 10-year-old will not be able to become competent within six months. Judge Dawn Bergin could order the charges against him dismissed at a future hearing.

Phoenix police allege the boys, along with a 13- and 14-year-old, lured the girl to an empty storage shed July 16 and raped her. All four are also Liberian immigrants.

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