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Mother Accuses Alton Police of Mistreating Daughter After Brutal Sexual Assault

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Alton Police via Facebook
A concerned mother is petitioning the Alton Police Department to punish officers for taking her daughter into custody and verbally accosting her after she was beaten and raped.

Alton police say they brought the daughter -- who was distraught, intoxicated and in need of medical attention -- into custody to protect her while officers located her mother. After reviewing video from the jail and speaking to officers handling the case, Captain Scott Waldrup told media officers never made inappropriate comments to the victim.

Almost 2,600 people have signed the mother's online petition demanding Alton Police to arrest the three perpetrators who abused her daughter and to hold officers responsible for how they treated her.

See also: Jessica Howell, O'Fallon Mom, Encouraged Boyfriend To Rape Her Infant Daughter: Cops

Officers originally found the victim shirtless, covered in blood, and screaming at the intersection of Amelia and Rockwell streets, near a golf course and a middle school, before midnight on April 24. Officers immediately called for an ambulance and escorted her to the hospital, where she continued to scream for her mother and did not cooperate with medical staff, says Alton Police public information officer Emily Hejna.

"She was very upset, understandably," Hejna tells Daily RFT, "so she was not cooperative. Getting information was incredibly difficult."

When the victim tried to leave the hospital without receiving treatment and without locating a family member, police took her into custody and issued a summons for being intoxicated in a roadway.

Issuing a citation was not "part of the initial plan," says Hejna. "The only reason that happened was because they needed to take her into custody to keep her safe until they could contact a family member."

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Alton Police via Facebook
Police brought the victim back to the station and cited her when they couldn't find her mother.
Officers drove to the mother's home in Godfrey, Illinois, and brought her back to her daughter. The women then sought medical help at a different hospital.

Hejna says police collected evidence and are investigating the assault. She would not elaborate on the evidence collected or release the police report because of the ongoing investigation. She did post a statement to the department's Facebook:


"Our commitment is to finding the offenders and bringing them to justice," Hejna says.

In her online petition, the victim's mother, Jerri Jones, accuses officers of telling her daughter that she "got what [she] deserved." Police deny the statement was made.

Jones also accuses police of ticketing her with public intoxication and indecent exposure because she was found shirtless after her attack. Police say the victim was only cited with being intoxicated in a roadway, and an indecent exposure citation was never considered.

Jones says her daughter went to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for treatment for a broken eye socket, a broken nose, blood on her brain and 25 stitches.

Anyone with information related to the case is encourage to call the detective's bureau at 618-463-3505x234.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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SamIAm3615
SamIAm3615

I am sick of people slandering this poor girl.  If you have never been sexually assaulted then you have no idea what was going on in this girls mind! Sober, drunk it doesn't matter!  Rape is rape end of story.  The adrenaline rush, the anxiety, the panic.  Everything.  It makes it hard to think or act in a proper manner.  I've been sexually assaulted and can understand why she acted this way.  She was terrified and wanted to run away.  From what it shows in the article the police nor hospital staff did much to try and calm her down or comfort her.  This is why they need to be properly trained in handling victims of trauma or at least have a specialist in their department, something.  I will give them the benefit that they did the only thing they knew how to do, because matter of fact is they could have done nothing and that would have been worse.  But I still believe there was a better way for them to handle the situation.

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Sadly most cops, especially in small towns, have almost no victim training & only know how to treat people like a perp.

Wes Slocum
Wes Slocum

Doesn't surprise me, cops are assholes

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

They could have held her until someone could pick her up. Adding the humilation of being arrested in addition to the trauma of being raped is uncalled for!

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I hope every one of those cops is fired. And that they never get laid again either.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Mr Mazanec, I am speaking as someone that was sexually assualted and also was frequent target of cops for sex. When I was 13-17 years old. In this city and county. In fact, one cop, who was working off duty as a security guard in the steak n shake that used to be on Manchester blvd, actually talked me out of reporting a very violent rape by two men in the Hill area. I had blue bruise marks on my neck from being strangled. After he told me that no one would believe me, that because they had gotten me drunk (at a bar on Manchester where they knew the bartender) and because I was dressed "provocatively" I had asked for it. Then he wanted a blow job in his car. I was 14 and he knew it. All his co-worker cops knew it. I think possibly every cop in this city and county knew who I was. They were the absolute worst of all the grown men that came after me. Just because I was a minor, and just because I too was often drunk or on drugs, and had no male family members to protect me, does not give cops or anyone else the right to sexually assault me. Putting on a uniform and carrying a gun does not make a man honest. In fact, it gives a lot of men the right to do whatever they want. It doesn't matter what is taught in civics classes. Men, and especially cops, need to learn what it really means to "be a man". Learn how to control your cocks. You don't know anything about that girl or her life or her mother. You don't know her circumstances. The one thing we can be sure of is that she was raped and she deserved to be treated like a human being in trauma. You have earned my total disrespect and hope you never laid again.

MO_AaronD
MO_AaronD

APD is corrupt, always has, always will.  It's part of their training.  Seeing a certain APD officer who retired recently but was never more than a patrolman after 20 years go into the illegal back room of a video poker machine room at pool hall and come out 20 minutes later with smile on his face firmed that up.  Let alone the Chess Club on Belle.  Those guys ran that place and took everything they could and kept it on down low till multiple people were murdered there.  Only then did the place become an outrage and it "must be shut down!"  Welcome to A.L.T.O.N.  A Little Town Of Narcotics  full of 'em and the APD enables it.

Lace King
Lace King

Whether or not they drop the charges is my question. And further, what about giving her a ride home, as a civil servant like myself? If she refuses medical treatment, that's her right, and it's my opinion that if they wereso concerned about her being drunk in public after taking her where she didn't want to go (the hospital), they could have made sure she got home safely, rather than punish her for knowing and executing her right to refuse medical treatment.

Chibbi Chibbi Roe
Chibbi Chibbi Roe

Andrew, no woman deserves to be raped, minor or adult, intoxicated or sober. And yes, it is law that anyone can refuse medical treatment. It's called leaving AMA or Against Medical Advice. And I agree with Aideen. Until you've been sexually assaulted yourself and understand the confusion and multitude of other feelings that come with it stfu. All you're doing is victim blaming and perpetuating the idea that rape is okay under certain circumstances. It's disgusting.

Sara Bozarth
Sara Bozarth

So since she is an adult and under the influence, she deserved to get raped? Or, since she was an adult and under the influence, her victim's rights are lost? Or maybe, just maybe, our police departments should arm themselves with tactics that de-escalate incoherent victims of violent crimes as opposed to agitate the situation with rude comments and criminal charges. Just maybe.

Chris Woulfe
Chris Woulfe

The girl is 28 with a past of heavy drug use. The mother is wanting something for nothing.

Andrew Mazanec
Andrew Mazanec

Number one: How old was this girl i she was under 21 why was she drinking. Number two: Almost every city has a "police protective order" on their books or such cases. Miss Aideen I think you need to go back to school and take some civics classes. This woman is lucky she wasn't charged with assault to police personnel or hospital personnel. Yes she was sexually assaulted but that does not give her the right to be intoxicated in public and most probably a minor. Now who is to blame. Wake up P.S. in the event that this girl was a "Minor" she cannot say that she doesn't want to be treated. She doesn't have a choice the police have now become her legal guardian through the powers o the State. until her mother gains custody!!

Zac Nevill
Zac Nevill

the poor mom working hard to organize awareness and hold these cops responsible. Cops never get punished and rarely help the situation.

Dan Carthen
Dan Carthen

I see nothing wrong with the title of the article.

Scott Franklin
Scott Franklin

I don't think anybody has commented on her state of mind. Drunk, on drugs, beaten and raped..of course she would be traumatized. I'm strictly talking about the bs story that goes along with it. Mother completely omits the fact that the police initially brought her to the hospital and she denied treatment. The police aren't gonna turn around and let her walk away from the hospital in her condition.

Aideen O'Brien
Aideen O'Brien

Have you ever been sexually assaulted? Do you know what it feels like ? When you have felt completely delirious and traumatized after an sexual assault you can talk but before then please for the love of God hush it up.

Tony Merklin
Tony Merklin

Actually sounds like Arrested for "In Protection of (One's Own) Custody"....Victim Not Fit to be released or set into Public for her Own Welfare......Not That Uncommon......

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

Sounds like those cops acted in an extremely intelligent manner. The mother of the victim should be thanking them, not scorning them. I would hate to be a cop...people treat ya like crap no matter what you do. Kind of a shame.

Karl Richards
Karl Richards

I live in the Alton/ Wood River area. Most folks KNOW the problems with the Alton Police. That department is full of officers with extremely bad attitudes so it wouldn't surprise me if they did tell her she deserved it.

John Dunning
John Dunning

Sounds like the mother needs to be cited for bad parenting. Lock that lady up and don't allow any more offspring...

Ellen Witt Sowders
Ellen Witt Sowders

RFT I think you should call APD and complete your story correctly. I believe this woman was treated by Paramedics and taken to a local hospital where she was ABUSIVE to hospital personnel and refused treatment. This is her right. However, the Officer on the scene wasn't comfortable letting her walk away (good job on his /her part) and took her to the Police Station and called relatives to pick her up. I believe there was suspicion of substance issues. I certainly don't feel this individual deserved the sexual attack, but the Police are investigating this. Next time, before dragging Law Enforcement through the mud, I believe you should get the entire story.

Stephannie Elisabeth Young
Stephannie Elisabeth Young

Either way the victim was further traumatized. Distraught, topless female wandering the streets-that's what female officers are for, to make women feel more comfortable in situations. I would refuse treatment somewhere too if I didn't know what the hell was going on!

Kate Huber Riney
Kate Huber Riney

RFT...I usually enjoy reading your work, but this...? Way to write a sensational and lopsided headline to get more clicks.

Kyle Brown
Kyle Brown

^ they don't do that anymore Colin.

Colin Kuehnel
Colin Kuehnel

Don't worry lady, they're only good for getting keys from locked cars.

Tara Scott
Tara Scott

They did what they needed to do to keep her safe with everything that happen to that poor girl the mom should be happy that they did that cause if the cops would of let her leave she wouldn't make it

Margaret Lamprich Metzing
Margaret Lamprich Metzing

This mother needs to understand that the police were doing what they had to do to keep the girl safe. I'm sure they dropped the charge and will not be penalizing the victim for the citation. The girl had serious injuries and was scared and most likely freaked out in the hospital after the ordeal. The police did what they had to do rather then let her leave on her own and lead to a laundry list of other possible injuries to herself. This woman should be thanking the police department.

Scott Franklin
Scott Franklin

Police brought her to the hospital when they picked her up, she refused treatment and tried to walk out. They arrested her because she was drunk, essentially to hold her until they contacted the mother to come get her from the jail. The mother's petition is a load of shit.

Terri Freeman
Terri Freeman

It sounds to me they did what they needed to do. They couldn't possibly let her leave in her condition. Obviously she was so traumatized she wasn't thinking rationally. Charging her with something minor gave them the opportunity to hold her and the time to find her mom. That mom should be grateful. If they had let her leave and she died somewhere mom would be filing a law suit against them.

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

You say that till you need something and then will be screaming to the heavens. Just because there may be some bad ones does not cancel all of them out.

Brian Conley
Brian Conley

Calling the paramedics would have been more prudent.

keltigrannie
keltigrannie

You are correct in every way. I was abducted, raped and nearly beat to death many years ago. When I arrived at the hospital, I kept trying to run away. I have no clue why other than the adrenalin rush of fighting for my life for a couple of hours. Thank God, the people tending to me actually engaged their brains. The State police and hospital staff were wonderful. The sheriff later visited me in ICU and said, "It isn't our fault you were too stupid to get a license plate number". I have a feeling this poor girl was dealing with the likes of the latter. She was unfortunate in that she didn't get real thinking humans around her at her time of distress.


keltigrannie
keltigrannie

Do you make a habit of slandering crime victims? I see you gave a good review to the Alton Police Dept. Did they pay you to smear this girl on a public forum? Or are you just self righteous for the heck of it? It isn't like APD has a good reputation themselves, care to discuss that?

keltigrannie
keltigrannie

Then they and hospital staff need to learn to deal with trauma victims. I was raped and beaten badly enough to take a year for all injuries to heal. When I arrived at the hospital I was combative in a BIG way. I had just been in an hours long fight for my life! Of course shock and adrenalin played into my behavior! Thankfully for me, I was also surrounded by people that knew how to use the brain God gave them. They talked me down, they were supportive. They let me smack at them, scream at them, on and on. I wish this poor girl had been found by the state police. The big boys know how to handle a situation. Ankle biters get off on escalating.

keltigrannie
keltigrannie

Perhaps you should think through your opinion before declaring they did everything right too huh? The public has every obligation to make sure this woman was not further traumatized by law enforcement. Do a little studying of rape culture. Do some reading of the accounts of those that have been raped and the treatment they receive by the courts, by the police, and by the community.There are definitely other options rather than arrest. Those options take patience and humanity. Something that seems lacking in this case. Even on this thread I have seen this woman slandered, the cops being above reproach, etc... it's sickening. It's even more so when you consider 1 out of every 5 women in this country have been sexually assaulted. That statistic is only from reported crimes, so imagine what the actual number is! Who gives a flying flip if this girl was under the influence? How do you know that? Maybe she was in shock and high on adrenalin from being RAPED! Did you even consider that?

keltigrannie
keltigrannie

Calling someone who knows how to deal with traumatized victims would have helped. There is a 24 hour hotline for such things. She didn't need arrested for her protection, she needed convinced they were there to help her. Unless of course, they didn't really care one way or another and just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible, further trauma be damned.


If someone treated my daughter like that, I would be livid! How would you feel if it were your child? Think on that for a moment or two. Picture it as YOUR child.


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