89-year-old Grandma Jo is still recovering from a grisly discovery at the Fawnbrook Apartments in Twin Falls.
The elderly retired nurse never dreamed that she would be the one to find a naked young girl inside of a laundry room pleading for help.
"I just opened the door, and there they were. A little girl, with no clothes on and two little boys," Grandma Jo said. "I told those boys to get your clothes on right this minute, and if I were your mama, I would spank your little butts. And the little girl was saying, ‘Please grandma help me, please grandma help me,' so I went over there. When I got over to her and picked her up, I realized in her hair and all over her body and her clothes they had urinated all over them. It was terrible.”
The incident started when she noticed a young boy shooting photos outside of the apartment's laundry room. Concerned, Grandma Jo approached the boy.
She confronted the boy and asked a simple question. "I said, 'What are you doing?' He said, ‘Oh, nothing just taking pictures,’ And I said, ‘Of what?’ And he said, ‘Oh, nothing,’" Grandma Jo explained. But she said his response lead her to believe there was something more going on.
Jo walked into the laundry room and found the small girl, naked, pleading for help while two boys stood over her.
Grandma Jo made the boys stay in the laundry room until the police came and started asking questions.
“Pretty soon, the policeman said nicely, ‘You boys and girls can go over to your house now. It’s okay.’ And all I can think is, ‘It isn’t okay,’ I’m standing there thinking, 'this isn’t okay,'” Jo said.
Grandma Jo says that the little girl was taken to the hospital with her father. After arriving, she believes that the doctors told him that his daughter had been raped.
Jo said that in the days following the sexual assault, the little girl has come to her house on multiple occasions to see her. “And she goes, ’Grandma, thank you for helping me.’”
Grandma Jo wanted to emphasize that she doesn’t want to hold back this story.
"They are just little boys, yes, but little boys shouldn't do those things," Jo said. "And I would say people get mad at me for telling you the story, well you just tell him if you were an old lady, and you found something like that what would you have done?"
Both boys have been placed in a juvenile detention center following the assault; however, the cases are sealed by court order.
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