For the first time, the mother of a little girl kidnapped and sexually assaulted nearly two years ago, speaks out about her family’s nightmare.
A Denver jury recently convicted the suspect, Bret Thompson, of second-degree kidnapping and sexual assault on a child.
The victim’s family says they wouldn’t have made it through the ordeal without the help of the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center.
“It’s something very sad for me, to go back, to think what happened to her,” says the girl’s mother, who spoke through a Spanish interpreter and wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter.
Nearly two years later, it’s still difficult for her to speak of her daughter’s abduction from a Denver alley.
The 8-year-old was taken by a stranger to the garage of his home, where he made her undress and sexually assaulted her. The girl in court said he “pushed his man parts on my private parts.”
“There are moments she starts crying. She’s sad. She’s in her bedroom she doesn’t want to speak to anyone and that hurts a lot,” says the girl’s mom.
So her mom brings her to the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center at 2149 Federal Blvd.
“The way she was before and the way she is now is 100% better…She feels safe when she comes to therapy she comes out happy,” she says.
This is also the place where the justice system built its case against the suspect—with an interview in which the victim gave such specific details about her abductor, police soon tracked him down.
“I feel I give them the arena to let justice be served. So that what makes me feel good about it, when I get the information to aid in the investigation,” says forensic interviewer Jodi Byrnes.
They’re also helping the victim’s mother who had thoughts of suicide after the assault.
“I need be strong for my daughter because my daughter needs me. If I’m not okay, she’s not okay,” she says.
This mom knows she and her daughter have a long road of healing ahead of them, bht she says the Center has given her a second chance to dream.
“That’s the future I hope for her, that she continues studying. She gets married and has kids. That’s what I hope,” she says with a smile.
Since the assault, the victim gets angry when she sees a child walking or playing alone. She says to her mom about their parents, "Don’t they see how the world is?"
That is the victim’s mother’s advice to other parents--take care of your kids, watch over them and never let them walk to school alone.
Thompson could be sentenced to life in prison next month.