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2 boys accused of raping girl in school


Two boys have been charged in connection with the rape of a 10-year-old girl who was attacked in a stairwell of a Baltimore elementary school -- one of two sexual assaults involving children that police are investigating.

Officer Sabrina V. Tapp-Harper, a police spokeswoman, said the latest assault occurred about 1 p.m. Monday, when two 10-year-old boys dragged the girl into a stairwell at North Bend Elementary School, in West Baltimore.

Police said one boy raped the girl while the other served as a lookout. A teacher who caught the boy pulling up his pants detained the youths and called police, police said. Two boys were charged as juveniles with first-degree rape and were released to their parent's custody.

The other attack allegedly occurred April 18. Police said three boys between 9 and 11 years old forced a 10-year-old girl into vacant apartment at the Lafayette Courts public housing complex in the 100 block of Aisquith St.

Officer Tapp-Harper said one boy raped the girl and the other two sexually assaulted her. A neighbor heard the girl scream and rushed to help. He held two of the youths. The other escaped by running upstairs and jumping from a third-story window. He was caught by police a few minutes later.

Three youths were charged as juveniles with rape and sexual assault. They were released to the custody of their parents.

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