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District Supervisor Weiss was puzzled. He scratched at his face in the dry heat of the precinct house and punched the intercom on his desk with the same finger. “Have Grace come in here with that rape kit, will you? Please and thank you.”
Grace Seer breezed in to the DS’s looking much cooler, but equally confused, holding a brown folder. She slapped the folder down on the well used blotter.
“You’re not gonna believe this. No sign of penetration, no bruising, no tears, but she’s pregnant all right, just like she said.”
“How old is she?”
“Too young, maybe 14.”
The DS cursed under his breath and leaned back in his chair, scratching with both hands now.
“You got this, Grace? I mean- Kilner and Jacobsen caught the file- but, why don’t you take the interview and report back to them,” he scratched his face again, “Take the doll in with you. Get the whole story, I don’t like this at all and we don’t even know what we’re looking at yet.”
“You’re sure she’s pregnant, absolutely?’
“We checked, double checked, then got a second opinion,” she said, with a trace of irritation, “That girl is pregnant, just like she said.”
“…seems impossible…get her side of it again, look for holes and keep me posted.”
Grace picked up the folder, turned and left without saying a word while the DS muttered and scraped away at his raw chin, “just doesn’t add up…Christ”
The interview room door was ajar. She pushed the door open gently, closed it behind her, and took a seat across from an olive skin girl dressed in little more than rags. She placed the doll in her hands and said, “Hi Mary, my name is Grace, and I’m going to ask you just a couple more questions and then we’re done, okay?”
“Good. See this folder? This folder says you’re telling the truth, you’re going to have a baby, do you understand that?”
Silently, she nods again.
“Can you please do me a favour now, Mary? Can you show me on this doll where God touched you?”
Date Written: April 21, 2004
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