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Thursday September 3rd, 2015 7:00AM

Police charge 3 young boys in rape, kidnapping of girl

By The Associated Press
ACWORTH - Three young boys are accused of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in the woods near a suburban Atlanta apartment complex.

The boys, ages 8 and 9, were being held Monday in the Cobb County Youth Detention Center.

The girl's mother reported the incident on Sunday, said Acworth police Capt. Wayne Dennard. He said the incident allegedly happened Thursday in an apartment in Acworth, a town about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta.

"The juvenile victim stated that an 8-year-old boy and two 9-year-old boys that she had been playing with earlier pulled her into a wooded area, where one of the boys raped her," Dennard said.

Calls to the Acworth Police Department were not immediately returned Monday morning.

Prosecutors said they have yet to decide whether to try the suspects as adults.

"That decision hasn't been made," said Kathy Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Cobb County District Attorney's office.
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