The two Muslim migrant boys from Sudan who were arrested last week on charges of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Idaho were released into the custody of their parents following a hearing Thursday afternoon, WND has learned.
They were reportedly released from the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center in Twin Falls pending their next hearing.
According to witnesses on the scene, the boys’ families were seen smiling and hugging after the hearing ended shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.
“They were waving their arms to the heavens, smiling and throwing their arms around each other,” an eyewitness outside the detention center told WND.
The two Sudanese boys, ages 10 and 14, were reportedly ordered by the court to have no contact with the victim, a 5-year-old special-needs girl, whom they allegedly assaulted in the laundry room of their apartment complex on June 2. They were not arrested until late last week. A third boy, age 7, was also involved but was never arrested. The younger boys allegedly urinated on the girl and one of them inappropriately touched her but the extent of that violation is not known. The case has been sealed by the prosecutor, which is standard procedure in juvenile offenses.
The older boy, 14, allegedly filmed the entire incident.
The two older boys are from Sudan and the 7-year-old is from Iraq.
The boys and their families have been evicted from the Fawnbrook Apartments where the incident allegedly took place.
CAIR, the Muslim civil rights organization, has weighed in on the still-developing story in Twin Falls, taking issue with the way some conservative websites reported the incident.
On its Facebook page CAIR, or the Council on American-Islamic Relations, posted a story from Reuters focusing on the few details that some websites misreported – mainly that “Syrian” refugees had “gang-raped” a small girl at “knifepoint.”
No knife was ever found at the scene. While the suspects were not “Syrian” they were Muslims and were immigrants, more than likely refugees.
CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper lamented that “anti-Muslim” and “anti-refugee” sentiments seemed to be converging in America. These “two forms of hostility, seem to be overlapping each other,” he said, while not mentioning anything about the hostility the Muslim boys showed to the little girl.
The CAIR statement reads in full:
Idaho prosecutor denies Syrian refugees gang-raped girl (Reuters)
“Anti-Muslim agitators and those opposed to resettlement of refugees from the Syrian civil war nevertheless seized on the incident to buttress their arguments for shutting down a refugee center in Twin Falls to prevent entry by displaced Syrians…
“Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the Idaho sexual assault should be fully investigated but added the case had become a lightning rod for anti-Muslim, and anti-refugee sentiments.
‘These two forms of hostility seem to be overlapping and reinforcing each other,’ Hooper said.”
Whether CAIR will get involved in trying to protect the families from eviction, or helping them find new accommodations in Twin Falls, remains to be seen.
Recent polls show at least 50 percent of Americans agree with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that all Muslim immigration should be temporarily halted in the wake of a string of jihadist attacks by Muslims going back to last year, starting with the foiled attack on a Muhammad cartoon event in Garland, Texas, the deadly attack on Chattanooga that killed five U.S. servicemen in July, the attack on an office Christmas party in San Bernardino Dec. 3 that killed 14 Americans, and the most recent attack last week on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49. All were allegedly carried out by Muslim immigrants or children of Muslim immigrants.
Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim from Iran who came to the U.S. as a child and now pastors Truth in Love Church in Edmonds, Washington, said he has made several trips to Twin Falls in recent months and the mayor and city council there have refused to even listen to his concerns about the refugee influx into the city. Refugees are being resettled in Twin Falls by the College of Southern Idaho, which works through the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, one of nine primary federal resettlement contractors, also called VOLAGs. Most come from Iraq, Sudan and Bosnia, all Muslim-majority nations.
Officials at the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center have said they did not resettle the two Sudanese and one Iraqi family living in Fawnbrook Apartments. More than likely they were resettled in another city and then moved to Twin Falls in what is called “secondary migration.”
“It’s just unbelievable the narrative that these people want to continue to paint,” Hadian said. “I’ve been following the news coverage out of Twin Falls, I’ve been there quite a bit so I’m familiar with the newspapers there and their coverage of the whole refugee issue has been abysmal.”
The Idaho Statesman and the Spokesman Review out of Spokane, along with the local Times-News in Twin Falls have all run articles critical of conservative websites calling them “conspiracy” sites and “anti-Muslim.”
WND was the first to interview eyewitness Jolene Payne and give a fully accurate report on what happened at the Fawnbrook Apartments. The 89-year-old grandmother noticed the older boy filming the assault in the laundry room and immediately put a stop to it, then called police.