A 12-year-old girl at the center of child molestation case testified Tuesday about the day she said two teens molested and tried to rape her at Belvedere Park.
Quintin Elijah Palmer, 17, faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted on accusations he held the girl against her will inside an old concession stand on Oct. 15 and molested her.
The other teen accused in the case, 16-year-old Jordan Lias, is expected to reach trial in April, attorneys said. Both teens are charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false imprisonment, attempted aggravated sodomy and attempted rape.
Taking the witness stand on the first day of testimony, the girl told jurors that she was at the park Oct. 15 after her sister and a friend left to get some clothes. At some point, the girl realized her dog had run off.
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The girl called the dog’s name, and she heard his cries. She then followed the sound to an old concession stand near the 50-yard line on the football field, she testified.
After reaching the top of some stairs on the building’s exterior, she saw her dog’s metal choke chain on the floor of the sky box. She also saw two teens through the open door of the second-story room.
“They were both wearing basketball shirts,” the girl told jurors. “One was short and kind of big. The other was tall and skinny. One had, like, a scar — the tall and skinny one.”
Palmer, who has a history of medical issues, has a long scar on the left side of his head.
The girl told jurors the teens molested her inside the concession stand. She told a friend later that day about the incident, and that friend pointed to Palmer and Lias as the suspects.