Arizona police arrest parents of rape victim

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Posted: Nov 20, 2009 9:48 PM

The parents of an 8-year-old Liberian girl who was allegedly raped by four boys have been arrested on felony child abuse charges.

The girl's 59-year-old father and 47-year-old mother each face eight counts for a series of abuse and neglect incidents dating back to 2005. The Associated Press is not naming the parents to avoid identifying their daughter, who police say is a rape victim.

A Phoenix police spokesman says the parents were arrested Friday without incident.

Police submitted their investigation of the parents to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in August. Arrest warrants were issued earlier Friday.

The girl was placed in protective custody after police say she was gang-raped in July by four Liberian boys who lured her to a storage shed with the promise of chewing gum.