By Kelly Young

The Jacksonville Police Department is investigating a possible indecency-with-a-child case after a 3-year-old girl told a family member she had been sexually abused.

“The victim made an outcry to her aunt of possible sexual abuse, and they came down to the police department Monday afternoon to make a report. The two were taken to the hospital where a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) exam was done,” Detective Daniel Franklin said. “At this point, because the victim is a 3-year-old, we aren’t real sure what has happened yet. We are waiting on an interview by CPS (Child Protective Services) and the child advocacy center to determine what’s going on in the case.”

So far the victim has identified her abuser by a nickname, and police are working to determine who that nickname refers to. Franklin said the outcry of a 3-year-old victim may or may not be enough evidence to establish probable cause and make an arrest in the case if a suspect is identified.

“It’s kind of iffy — a 3-year-old usually won’t lie to you, but they can be easily manipulated so that they will say whatever they are told to say. It depends on the situation; if we find out there is a nasty custody battle or some other factor like that going on, then we have to consider that as well,” he said.

SANE kits are sent to the Department of Public Safety lab in Garland, and it may take up to six months for the results to come back.

Suspected slasher sought

Officers are also looking for a woman believed to have slashed two other women Monday night with a box cutter. Alleged victims in the crime identified Doris Wallace, a black female of unknown age, as the culprit.

“A group of females were out in the road in the 1000 block of Columbia Avenue engaging in mutual combat when a vehicle pulled up to the fight. A woman (believed to be Wallace) then exited the vehicle, pulled out a box cutter and swung it at a couple of the girls; cutting two of them,” Franklin said. “One had a cut right below the eye and the other had a cut on the hand from the blade.”

Wallace reportedly fled the scene prior to JPD’s arrival, and no arrests have been made. Franklin said it is possible she is related to one of the girls engaged in the fight. Wallace has never been dealt with by JPD in the past.

“We’ve been given a name by the victims, but since we don’t know for sure who committed the crime, we are going to investigate it a little bit further before arrest warrants are sought,” he said.

According to Franklin, the actor in the crime will face charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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