8-Year-Old Boy & Pals Charged in Playmate's Rape

Boys dragged 11-year-old girl into the woods: cops
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2007 3:30 AM CST
District Attorney Patrick Head speaks to reporters outside the county's juvenile court in Marietta, Ga.,as three boys, ages 8 and 9, were being held in a detention center after being accused of kidnapping...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Three little boys—one aged 8 and two aged 9—appeared yesterday in a Georgia court accused of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old playmate. They stood before the judge in handcuffs and blue jail jump suits. Their playmate told police the three dragged her into a woods, where one of them raped her, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I have never seen anything like this," said the local police captain. The boys' ages present enormous obstacles to  prosecutors. "Research tells us that children as young as 8 do not have sufficient capacity to form criminal intent," said a state politician. The boys were ordered held at a juvenile detention center.