LAS VEGAS (AP) — The mother of a girl who was videotaped being raped years ago had no idea of the abuse before last week, when a friend saw the child's face on the news and called her, the woman's attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney Jerry Donohue called the woman "a typical American single mother" who worked six days a week and was "trying to be 'supermom.' " He said the abuse appeared to have taken place about four years ago while the child was left in a baby sitter's care.
The girl, now 7, appeared to be a "happy, perfectly healthy little girl" during a recent afternoon with medical professionals, Donohue said during a brief statement outside his Las Vegas office. He said that given the six-month time frame the mother believes the abuse could have taken place, the girl might have assaulted shortly before she turned 3.
"I believe she has no memory of this event," Donohue said, although he added that he could not be sure.
Authorities released portions of the video last week, desperate to find a child they feared could have still been in danger.
Donohue said the mother had no relationship with a man being sought in the attack. Police and the FBI are conducting a nationwide manhunt for Chester "Chet" Arthur Stiles, 37, whom they consider armed and dangerous.