Mom of girl, 12, `never took her out'
A 12-year-old disabled girl, allegedly sexually
abused by the crack addicts who frequented her
mother's drug den, lived in squalor and rarely left
the dirty third-floor apartment in the city's west
end, according to a long-time neighbour.
The girl's 42-year-old mother has now been
charged with corrupting children. Six regulars of
the crack house face charges including sexual
assault, sexual interference and invitation to
touching. A medical examination of the child
revealed cocaine in her system.
The child's grandmother and aunt became concerned
about her welfare last fall because of her mother's
worsening drug habit and contacted the Children's
Aid Society of Toronto, a source said.
Authorities removed the girl from the apartment
in November. She is currently in the agency's
custody and "has improved immensely," said Supt. Ron
Taverner of 23 Division on Thursday.
A neighbour, who called herself Debbie, said of
the child's mother: "She never took her out, never
took her to the park ... " The two have known each
other for 17 years. "She was messed up, very messed
up, very heavily addicted."
By her own admission, Debbie also smoked crack in
the apartment. She said she didn't alert police
about the child because she didn't trust them and
didn't want to "rat out" her neighbour. The mother
said she wasn't too concerned that her daughter was
watching what was going on because she's "slow,"
Debbie, 47, also knew some of the accused men.
"I never saw them touching her," Debbie said,
adding she often talked with the child as crack was
being smoked, but didn't think the child was in
"I can't see her pimping out her daughter," she
continued. "I didn't think she (the girl) was being
molested or given crack."
Debbie, whose drug use prompted the CAS to take
her own child, said she was shocked by the
allegations but knows the grip that crack can have
"It's sick and low," she said. "It goes to show
what crack can do to some people ... they would sell
their own soul ... that's what the drug does."
According to Debbie, the little girl has
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and
attended special education classes at a local
school. ADHD is generally considered to be a
developmental, largely neurological disorder.
Some days, she said, the child went to classes
poorly dressed and in dirty clothes. The neighbour
also said she often saw the girl sitting at the
window, staring out. Though the child was
"talkative, friendly and cheerful," Debbie said she
rarely played with other kids and her two older
siblings, aged 19 and 21, weren't living at home.
The last time she saw the girl was on Halloween
and recalled how she had been dressed as a witch in
a costume thrown together with old clothes and a
Investigators say the assaults happened between
November 2005 and November 2006. Police from
Rexdale's 23 Division Youth Bureau began probing the
sexual assault allegations in January.
More suspects are being sought in the attacks on
the girl, police said.
Currently charged are:
Yesterday Justice Derek Hogg issued a bench
warrant for Parchment's arrest after he failed to
appear at a Finch Ave. court.