He’s “sorry for doing it and that it was dumb.”

She is 4 years old. She and her 7 year old brother were being babysat by their 15 year old cousin Ronald Hinton.

Wednesday, Ronald Hinton allegedly reported that he had been fixing breakfast when he "heard a thump". He ran upstairs to check on her, washed the blood off her face, wrapped her in a comforter and carried her downstairs.

At some point, Hinton called 911, and reported that she had been bouncing on a bed and fell. Police found her unconcious, bleeding from her mouth and nose, and face down.

She was admitted to the hospital in critical condition and doctors have said that she had little brain activity. She is reported to have a brain injury.  Investigators say they later determined that she had been beaten with a belt, bitten three times, and sexually assaulted.  

Allegedly Hinton has confessed to investigators that he had sexually assaulted her, bitten her on the chest and thigh, and slapped her in the face. At one point she escaped and ran downstairs with him chasing her. He then carried her back upstairs and beat her with a belt. Court documents describe the physical and sexual abuse as a continuing course of conduct. Allegedly Hinton told police he's "sorry for doing it and that it was dumb."

Police say that Hinton had been babysitting for the children since Monday. And that he had cared for them before. Police say they have no reason to suspect that the family was aware of this or that they believed Hinton was capable of this. Police also say that the brother shows no sign of being harmed.

Hinton has been charged as an adult, and is charged wtih first degree rape, assault, and child abuse.



Some may accuse the family for leaving the child with a 15 year old boy. Yet not all 15 year old boys are capable of this. Some boys are very good with children. And the family evidently didn't think he was capable of it. Some will say they should have noticed the bruising. But it depends on the brusing and where it was. An active 4 year old can get a lot of bruises. It depends a lot on the type of bruises, the location, and the story that was given to explain where they came from. Some will say that they had to know she had been sexually assaulted. There would have been physical signs. But there are a lot of kids, yes even young children who get raped. And if the child doesn't tell, the parents may not know for moths or even years, until they do finally tell. And frequently the child doesn't tell. Sometimes out of fear, sometimes because they somehow feel that it is their "fault" and they will get in trouble, sometimes because they don't have the words to say what is happening to them.

I have to wonder, how much of this the brother saw or heard. Whether he witnessed the assaults on his sister, or whether he was present when she was beaten. If so he may not have been physically harmed. But I wonder about the psychological harm that may have been done. I hope the parents get him some help in coping with this.

15 years old, and accused of one of the most heinous crimes short of torture and murder. And not to another child his own age or size. Like many others before him he chose to pick on someone smaller, weaker. A little girl less able to protect herself. He says he is 'sorry'. I have to wonder what he is 'sorry' about…..that he allegedly beat the child, that he sexually assaulted her, that she is hospitalized in critical condition, or that he got caught?

Now it is up to God and the doctors, whether this little girl will survive.

Again, I want to post the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse in children. A parent who is familiar with the signs and symptoms, and alert to them in their children, will pick up on it much faster. No, we hope it doesn't happen to our children, we don't want to believe it could happen to them. But it does happen to a lot of kids.

Know the signs and symptoms


The little girl died of her injuries yesterday.

Hinton who had been charged with first-degree rape, second- and third-degree sexual abuse, first- and second-degree assault and child abuse has been charged as an adult. No indication if further charges are forthcoming. The judge has ordered a psychiatric exam.




  1. Soobs said,

    June 23, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    I think that “sorry” it uttered far too frequently, with little regard to exactly what the word means. This story just breaks my heart.

  2. June 23, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    So many of them break mine too. Sometimes I just want to get up and yell “Why can’t we all just get along together”. But yeah, the ones with kids, they get to me a little worse.

  3. OptyMyst said,

    June 23, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    Reading those signs is difficult. Thanks for posting the link; we all need to read those difficult things.

  4. June 24, 2006 at 1:06 am

    I keep hoping that if I keep posting it, if people keep reading about the signs and symptoms, that maybe someday, some child will benefit.

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