A 14-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly put the 3-year-old girl he was babysitting into the washer and dryer.
Missy Camp of Garrett, Indiana, left her two daughters with a 14-year-old to babysit for the evening. According to WANE, Missy returned home to find the normally bright and sunny Raelyn down and despondent. When Raelyn's older sister told Missy what happened, she was outraged.
“It’s hard to explain,” Missy said. “I go home. I’m upset, but at the same time I feel like I can’t really sit and cry and I need to keep both of my kids happy, not as depressed about it.”
Missy's sister, Madison Camp, posted about the incident online, including the hashtag #JusticeForRaelyn. The post has since gone viral, trending all across the country and even different parts of the world.
DeKalb County Prosecutor Claramary Winebrenner claims that some of the babysitter’s friends joined him and at some point, one or more of the teenagers placed Raelyn in the washing machine, and then into the dryer. One of them turned the dryer on several times, and the young child sustained multiple bruises all over her body. It is also alleged that they were imitating a YouTube stunt involving an animal as the victim.
According to Missy, her apartment was also trashed. Two of her toilets, her TV, and a window were broken. Food and soda cans were everywhere. Drugs such as Xanax pills were on the floor, according to Missy.
Missy alleges that a doctor also told her that there are possible signs of sexual abuse. She said child services will soon help test Raelyn for rape.
“She’s quiet,” Missy said. “Like usually she’s very hyper, running around, going crazy and all that but lately she just kind of wants to sit on the couch and cuddle. She doesn’t eat as much.”
Missy is now looking for justice to be served.
“My first goal is to just get one [of the accused] to break down and just ... admit or say who did it and from there press charges and hopefully, they get what they deserve,” she said.
Missy explained that the babysitter said he took Raelyn to the park and she fell off a merry-go-round.
According to WFLA, Garrett Police Department chief Roland McPherson said that charges are pending. They are working with DeKalb County Department of Child Services, DeKalb County Probation Department, and the DeKalb Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation.
In regards to the case, Winebrenner said certain incorrect and dangerous allegations appear to be spreading at a rapid rate on Facebook and other social media, and such inaccurate information must be addressed.
She firstly said that it’s not true that nothing can be done because the alleged perpetrators are juveniles. She said secondly that one of the special protections of the juvenile code is that the identity of juvenile offenders is confidential. She also gave reminders of the danger posed by allowing videos of dangerous experiments to remain on YouTube and the danger of spreading or believing information on Facebook that has not been verified.