When the response to a car accident led the authorities to a 7-year-old girl, it was asserted that the three people at the scene were responsible for allegedly torturing the child.
Around 9:30 pm on July 6, the Rosepine Police and Louisiana State Troopers learned of a car crash with possible injuries.
When they arrived at the scene, the officers identified 20-year-old Allen Clayton Fulks, and 22-year-old Dakota Wayne Singletary inside one of the vehicles and noted that they had visible wounds.
Fulks and Singletary were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
While the police collected information at the crash site, it was reported that Stacy Lynn Tharpe, 29, came to the scene with her children.
One of the officers at the site was familiar with the people of Rosepine, a town with a reported population of approximately 1600 residents, and believed that Tharpe was taking care of another youngster who was not in attendance.
When asked where the girl was, Tharpe allegedly said the child had returned to her mother’s care after spending 5-months with her.
One of the people at the accident site reportedly informed the authorities that Tharpe was still providing care for the girl, and the police went to Tharpe’s residence to investigate the claim.
When they arrived at the home, the officers reported that they saw a 7-year-old girl with many visible injuries including swollen eyes, bruising all over her body, and with hair that appeared to have been cut off carelessly.
The youngster was taken to the hospital for assessment and treatment, and the doctors confirmed that they believed the girl had suffered from abuse, and the authorities got the impression that she was left at home to conceal her condition.
When Singletary and Fulks were discharged from the hospital the following day, they were asked to come to the sheriff’s office to discuss the situation.
During the conversations, the authorities reported that both men said they took part in abusing the little girl.
Singletary and Fulks were taken into custody and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. They are both facing charges for suspicion of three counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. They were each incarcerated in lieu of a $450,000 bond.
On July 8, the authorities spoke with Tharpe about the allegations, and the woman allegedly said that she was present but did not take part in the abuse.
Due to Tharpe’s alleged disclosure of turning a blind eye to the events, she was placed under arrest and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail for suspicion of principal to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Her bond was set at $$300,000.
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