In early May, a small plane crashed in the Amazon jungle region of Colombia, and four indigenous children who survived for days wandered in the jungle and were eventually rescued. Colombian prosecutors announced on the 5th that sexual assault charges were filed against the stepfather of one of the girls.
Reuters reported that the small plane on which the Huitoto children were travelling on May 5 crashed, killing three people on board, including their mother and two other adults, and four children who wandered in the jungle for 1 days and survived.
Prosecutors accused Manuel Ranoque of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old stepdaughter through a statement. The 13-year-old girl is widely credited with ensuring that she and her siblings survived the five-week ordeal in the Amazon and made headlines around the world.
According to the prosecution statement, Lanok, who was arrested yesterday, is accused of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter since she was 10 years old.
The Daily Mail reported earlier that Colombian prosecutor confirmed the arrest of 32-year-old Lanoke, the biological father of 4- and 1-year-old boys and the stepfather of girls aged 4 and 9, who survived the crash.
Reuters could not reach Lanoke or his lawyer today for comment.
The children, aged between 1 and 13, were rescued on 6 June and hospitalized for more than a month and have been in the care of Colombia’s child welfare institutions ever since. Prosecutors claimed that the child was first suspected of being sexually assaulted at a children’s welfare facility.
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