Doctor unable to prove nine-year-old was raped
THE findings of the doctor who examined a girl after she accused her mother of bringing men into her bedroom to rape her were inconclusive, a court heard yesterday.
Paediatrician Erica Baer yesterday told the Southport District Court she was unable to say conclusively if the girl had been raped.
The girl’s mother, who cannot legally be named, is on trial for multiple charges including rape, deprivation of liberty, maintaining a relationship with a child and indecent treatment of a child.
The allegations include that the mother dressed the girl up in “bunny ears” and a “frilly dress” and allowing a man to rape her.
The court heard men came into the girl’s bedroom on at least three occasions and in all of the incidents the mother led the men inside.
On one occasion the mother allegedly held the girl’s hands as a man raped her.
The girl also heard the mother talking to men about money.
The girl was nine when she was allegedly raped some time between May 2014 and May 2015.
Dr Bare said she saw the girl in September 2016 when the girl was 11.
She said there was evidence of irregularities found in the examination but there was no medical consensus on what those meant.
Headspace psychologist Robyn Fleming said she spoke to the girl in July 2016 after she was suffering nightmares.
She said she asked the girl what was scaring her at night.
When the girl did not want to say Ms Fleming asked her to write it down.
“When I was in bed mum came in with her friends and touched me inappropriately,” the girl wrote in orange pen.
It was the first time the girl had made the allegations.
Ms Fleming said she reported what the note said to police, child services and the girl’s father.
The trial continues today.