Child abuse charges dismissed against Liberian refugees in U.S.

PHOENIX (AP) – Child abuse charges were dismissed recently against two Liberian refugees in the United States whose 8-year-old daughter was gang-raped nearly six years ago in an unrelated case.

Wedeh Farly Dio and Hemie Dio were charged with child abuse stemming from their punishment of their children.

The abuse case was unrelated to the rape. The couple had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Investigators say four boys, ages 9 to 14, lured the couple's daughter to an empty west Phoenix storage shed in July 2009 with the promise of chewing gum, restrained her and took turns raping her.

All the children involved were refugees from Liberia.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says his office agreed to dismiss the case after the couple complied with all court orders and child-safety standards were established.

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