Authorities say that this alleged predator used social media to contact the young victim.
Predators are increasingly using social media as a means of meeting and grooming children for sexual abuse. Be aware of your child's online friends and who they are talking to.#parenting #screentime https://t.co/3bC1KwWw3V
— NCPTF (@NCPTF8) August 17, 2020
According to officials from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old Jacob Parker had initiated online communication with the young female victim.
After meeting the young victim online, the young girl told investigators that Parker had picked her up from her home and brought her to his house on Aug. 15.
At the time that the alleged rape transpired, the 10-year-old girl had been reported missing and was subsequently found in Parker’s bed when police arrived at the home.
Baton Rouge man arrested for alleged rape of 10-year-old victim – KLFY https://t.co/ytHaxxKKLl
— StateStatus LA (@StateStatus_LA) August 18, 2020
Upon Parker’s arrest on Aug. 15, he was said to have admitted to investigators that he had the young girl perform unspecified sexual acts on him while she was at his house.
Parker has been charged with first-degree rape and is currently being held within the East Baton Rouge Jail. He’s currently being held on a $200,000 bond for the charges.
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In other disturbing crimes involving children, a man who was said to have used a child as a human shield in Columbia, South Carolina was recently taken into custody after a firefight with police.
According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, a shootout took place on Aug. 9 that involved a child being used as a human shield at one point. Additionally, two sheriff’s deputies were reportedly injured.
Luckily, reports indicate that the child was not harmed during the fray.
#UPDATE: The subject involved in the exchange of gunfire is 27-year-old Albertus David Lewis. Deputies have been dispatched to his apartment six times since April, including twice yesterday afternoon. #LESM #PIO https://t.co/XJzDXhmXCu
— Adam Myrick (@AdamThePIO) August 10, 2020
Sheriff Jay Koon stated the deputies were responding to a domestic violence call when things escalated quickly. Deputies responded to an apartment complex where the call originated from, and at some point during the interaction, 27-year-old Albertus Lewis was using a child to shield himself from potential fire.
During a press conference, Sheriff Koon noted the type of mental state one would have to be in to even fathom the thought of using a child as a shield from gunfire:
“When you have somebody that’s going to challenge a law enforcement officer with a handgun and use a child as a human shield, that’s not normal.”
While details are scant at this time, Sheriff Koon stated that while Lewis and two deputies were injured during the incident, the child came under no harm. The suspect and both deputies are expected to survive from their sustained injuries.
Deputies had been called out to the home in question six times since April of this year, and the interaction that led to gunfire was a result of the second time deputies were called out to the residence that day.
Regarding the suspect Lewis, he apparently has a sordid past when it comes to gun violence. During the recent shootout, Lewis was apparently out on bond for a Richland County murder charge stemming from 2017. Police say that the Richland County case involved Lewis shooting his then-girlfriend, and then leaving her outside a hospital emergency room, seated in a wheelchair.
The investigation into the shooting that played out on Aug. 9 is still ongoing.
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Meanwhile in Atlanta, Georgia, a case involving a child accidentally shooting himself leads to one prohibited possessor getting arrested. Interesting that felons can still manage to secure guns despite gun control laws preventing that very thing.
A 31-year-old male was taken into custody after a toddler was said to have accidentally shot himself in the head.
The two-year-old boy was said to have been transported to the hospital in critical condition after the incident, and the man arrested was said to have been a felon in possession of a firearm.
A man is facing several charges including cruelty to children after a 2-year-old boy shot himself in the head in a northwest Atlanta home.
Dontavious Wells, 31, was arrested in… https://t.co/f9REo6W85A
— Atlanta News (@AtlNewsNow) August 9, 2020
It’s unclear what status the young boy is in currently, outside of reports of him being in critical condition when sent to the hospital.
However, 31-year-old Dontavious Wells is facing a slew of charges currently following the self-inflicted gunshot incident.
Wells has been charged with reckless conduct, theft by receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and cruelty to children in the second degree.
Based upon how the current charges are stacked, it seems as though the firearm used in the incident wasn’t obtained legally by Wells.