Mother of a Tulsa crime victim is on a mission to find her daughter's attacker
Tuesday, October 26th 2004, 10:39 am
News On 6
A worried Tulsa mother speaks out. Her 11-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted last week inside her own bedroom.
Tulsa Police believe the same man also attacked two others in recent months. The victim's mother is now on a mission to get this man caught and warn other parents.
News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright says Kendra has been living in a nightmare since last Thursday when someone hurt her baby, her 11 year old daughter.
A man cut a screen, crawled through a window, got in bed with her child, threatened to kill her, and then sexually assaulted her. Now, both mother and daughter are coping with the result. "Just our day to day life, we take for granted that nothing will happen in our home, when you're there. I'm the parent. I cracked the window just a little to let the attic fan run and someone broke into my home and hurt my child."
Kendra, her family and friends feel powerless yet want to do something, need to act, so, they've been handing out flyers with a sketch of the suspect on it, to businesses and homes all over the neighborhood.
She not only wants his face all over town so people will identity the suspect, she also knows that getting this man in jail is the only thing that might once again make her daughter feel safe. "She is scared of him. She's scared he'll come back. That's the fear.â€ Kendra sees evidence everyday that her daughter's journey toward healing will be a long one.
One of the reasons she agreed to talk is to warn other parents to protect their homes and children. "She'll just never ever be the same and that's unforgivable. Absolutely unforgivable."
Despite the hurt and fear, Kendra says her daughter helped with the sketch and talks to investigators because she doesn't want this to happen to any other little girls and that is the most admirable kind or courage.
Tulsa Police believe the suspect watches his victims and since he's gotten away with it three times, he's not likely to stop, but is probably already looking for his next one.
Kendra recently wrote an open letter to the man who attacked her daughter; it says in part, "you touched the wrong family. In my eyes, your punishment will come when you are face to face with God. But our family and friends have others ideas and we are looking for you."
Detectives they hope the rapist's clothing will trigger a memory with someone, especially the tan OU baseball cap worn backward and a tie-dye shirt.