MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A father still wore a LeBonheur Children's Hospital visitor's bracelet when he spoke with Action News 5 outside his family's apartment in the Cordova Creek complex.
"I just got here," he said. "I've been at the hospital since it happened.
Action News 5 agreed not to use the name of the father, who said his 14-year-old stepson and two friends, ages 11 and 13, are the boys charged with raping his 23-month-old daughter Monday night.
"We don't know anything, so talk to the investigators," the father said.
Memphis Police detailed the disturbing crime in a media release. They say they first responded to a home invasion call, where officers were advised by the children that a male suspect forced is way into the home. But sex crimes investigators determined the story was fabricated by the boys to cover up a sexual assault in which the 23-month-old child was raped.
The boys were hauled to juvenile court while the toddler was taken in critical condition to LeBonheur.
The victim's father would not tell Action News 5 for how long the little girl had been alone with the boys, but the crime left neighbor Cindy Yahola concerned about the safety of her eight year-old.
"We were told the other day by a neighbor that there was a 14-year-old that offered him drugs here," said Yahola. "I'm not happy."
The toddler's father seemed confident she would be okay before he walked away from our interview.
"She's a strong girl...hard as nails, so she's doing good," he said.
The victim's father said his step-son had his first hearing Tuesday morning. The boy's mother said the other boys lived at another apartment complex in Cordova.
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