GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police and the Kent County Prosecutors Office says that the incident allegedly involving a man urinating on a child earlier this week was fabricated.
Police say no charges will be filed against the man who was accused of urinating on a child earlier this week.
According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, interviews of the child and other neighborhood children were conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center. During the interviews, it was determined that one of the children urinated on one of the others, and they made up the story to stay out of trouble.
The incident was first reported Wednesday and reportedly involved a 5-year-old girl in the 1000 block of Leonard Street NW.
The Grand Rapids Chapter of the NAACP asked for a thorough investigation and that the suspect face the fullest extent of the law if the allegations were true. Cle Jackson, president of the chapter issued this statement Friday night:
“We asked for a thorough investigation into these allegations, and if the allegations were found to be true, we would expect that this gentleman would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“And also, we respect – regardless of the severity of the allegations – that this gentleman be afforded his Constitutional rights, based on due process.
“In my conversation with the police chief, David Rahinsky, and the chief prosecutor, Chris Becker, that we all take these allegations very seriously, and that they should be thoroughly investigation. (sic)
“At this point, from the NAACP perspective, we’re waiting for the final results of the DNA testing that is currently underway.”
Efforts to contact other individuals involved in this story Friday night were unsuccessful.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Michigan police arrested a man accused of urinating on a 5-year-old black girl in an alley and calling her a racial slur Wednesday.
Officers responded to a home in Grand Rapids around 6 p.m. after the child's parents called 911 saying that an older white man had urinated on their daughter.
The girl was playing hide-and-go-seek with her friends at the time, and was behind a bush when the man, identified as 60-year-old David Allen Dean, sneaked up behind her, according to WWMT.
The alleged incident happened in an alley behind the 1000 block of Leonard Street near Tamarack Avenue.
The girl's friends, a 5-year-old and two 7-year-olds, confirmed her account, police said.
Katrena Rapier, the mother of the three children who were playing with the girl, said all four children ran back to her home after the incident to tell her what happened.
"She came in the house and she was wet, like soaking wet, and I'm asking her what happened but she was afraid to tell me because she thought she was going to get in trouble," she said. "And then I called my boys because I knew they'd tell me and then they said the guy said 'stupid N-word' and started peeing on her."
All of the children provided a description of the suspect, and police eventually arrested Dean on charges of felony sex offense excluding assault and commercializing, according to WWMT.
Authorities said they will work to get the children counseling.