FOX 8 received this news release from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon:
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives have arrested a Covington area woman and an ex-boyfriend for the aggravated rape of the woman's biological daughter.
"The investigation began earlier this month after the child notified school officials that she had been the victim of abusive sexual behavior by her mother and one of her mother's ex-boyfriends," Sheriff Jack Strain said.
School officials notified the Sheriff's office and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. The girl was immediately taken into custody by DCFS. Interviews with the girl were conducted by the Children's Advocacy Center.
"Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the man and woman both participated in the acts, which occurred over a number of years, beginning when the girl was five years old," Strain said.
The last occurrence was reported to have been approximately one year ago.
The man has cooperated with detectives and has provided information consistent with the victim's statements. The woman has thus far refused to make any statements to investigators.
Each of them has been booked with one count of aggravated rape. Their bonds have been set at $300,000 apiece. Both are still being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail with the possibility of additional charges being filed.
No other information about the suspects will be released in order
to protect the identity of the victim.
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