4 Men Raped 9-Year-Old While Mom Got High: Cops

Alleged crime happened on Easter Sunday
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2016 10:19 AM CDT
Updated Apr 4, 2016 10:31 AM CDT
Top: Jerry Flatlip and Josiah RonDeau. Bottom: Larson RonDeau and Randall Flatlip.   (Uintah County Sheriff's Office, via NBC News)

(Newser) – "I want justice." That's what a woman is seeking for her 9-year-old granddaughter, who allegedly endured a brutal Easter Sunday attack by four men while her mom got high on meth in a friend's garage, KTSU reports. The men are accused of raping, sodomizing, and threatening the girl, who was with her mom in Vernal, Utah, visiting the home of a friend the mother reportedly met while in jail, per a probable cause statement cited in another KTSU report. Four men are now behind bars and charged with felony first-degree rape and sodomy for the alleged act described as "heinous" by a Uintah County Sheriff's officer, and the girl is currently in state custody. One of the suspects, 36-year-old Larson James RonDeau, was IDed by the child from a photo. Also arrested were 20-year-old Josiah RonDeau, 29-year-old Jerry Flatlip, and 26-year-old Randall Flatlip.

Per the Deseret News, the girl said she dozed off on a couch in the home, and cops say her mother told them she headed into the garage with her friend to smoke methamphetamine. When she came back, she told investigators she found her daughter with her dress "pulled up past her waist" and that the child "appeared to be upset" and "only indicated she wished to go home," so she called a cab and the two left, KUTV reports. Either the next day or the day after that (reports conflict), the girl told her mom that four men had taken her into a bedroom, where they took turns raping and sodomizing her, warning her not to breathe a word of it. Cops executed a search warrant at the home and found evidence, including bloody bedding, that backed up the girl's story. "I want hard-core punishment for what they have done to this child," the girl's grandmother tells KTSU. (Two teens in India were charged with raping a toddler.)

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