Tulsa 5-Year-Old Testifies Against Man She Says Raped Her
TULSA, Oklahoma - A five-year-old girl testified Wednesday against the man she said raped her. The little girl took the stand and talked about the night in May when a man she didn’t know broke into her house and raped her.
The girl's crying woke up her mother and the mother fought with the attacker until he jumped out the kitchen window. Tulsa police arrested Kyle Hancock the next day.
The victim was the first person to take the stand, and the judge cleared the courtroom because the testimony was so sensitive.
When they brought out a booster seat for her to sit in, in the witness stand, you realized just how little and vulnerable she is.
While sitting in a booster seat on the witness stand, the little girl, wearing a pink dress and little white socks, testified.
She was surrounded by members of Bikers Against Child Abuse, who attended court with abuse victims, so they won't feel afraid. Plus, the DA stood between the girl and Kyle Hancock as a buffer.
Prosecutors said it is sometimes necessary for young children to testify and they are able to do it well.
"When a child has been through a very traumatic experience, like sexual assault, the child absolutely has the ability to relay that information, to tell the truth about that information. We do everything we can to help the child feel more comfortable. We clear the courtroom so that other spectators are not there, we show the child the courtroom ahead of time," said Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney, Sarah McAmis.
The girl's mother had to stand outside the courtroom while her daughter was questioned on the stand.
The DA said, as hard as testifying can be on a child and their family, it can also give them a sense of power to explain what happened, and in this case, the little girl did a great job.
"I was very, very proud of her. She is strong, she is smart and she did an excellent job," McAmis said.
The girl's mother testified she heard her daughter whimpering and went into the bedroom and saw Hancock raping the girl and that she fought with Hancock until he left.
She said she later found a condom on the floor where the assault took place.
A report presented to the judge said Hancock's DNA was found on the girl.
Records show he's a convicted sex offender from Creek County who hadn't registered that he was living in Tulsa.
The judge decided there was enough evidence to add an additional count of lewd molestation of a child under the age of 12. The judge also ruled there was enough evidence to hold Hancock over to stand trial sometime later.