I turned it over to the investigators and was asked to stay out of it from there. They even asked me twice not to discuss the incident with my child. This is understandable as to not corrupt the investigation but also irritated mie as it is my job to help this child heal and I felt like my hands were tied a little bit.
After an initial investigation I was told that they were going to be doing an official forensic interview at the child advocacy center. I thought this was good news until they said "...as a last ditch effort before they rule it out".
I was furious. It appeared as if they didn't believe the allegation. Not only (and primarily) is this a problem for this child who spoke up and had to go through the traumatic interviews and isn't believed (and therefore won't get help for it) but it also made mie wonder what the investigators thought about us. Did they think we were trying to sabotage the case so that the child didn't have to go home? Did they think we made it up? What exactly did this child tell them?
As it turns out the investigators did believe something happened. As I've said before the details presented to us were specific enough that no child of that age should have been able to make it up. The problem was that they couldn't match the alleged perpetrator to anyone in the former foster home. There was a birth child in the home with a name similar to the one given (think something like Bryan instead of Ryan) and yet there was absolutely no concern that this person would be a perpetrator. So, because they couldn't identify who the perpetrator was they had to rule out the abuse.
I wish they just had to say "unsolved" instead of closing out the case.
I felt much better about their analysis except of course that meant it wasn't solved and there were still problems -
- The case was still ruled out and closed making it look like it was a false allegation
- Our child still won't get any official support to heal from the abuse
- There is still a perpetrator out there who could be harming other children
I don't know that there is much I can do. I wish I could take back time and prevent it even though I don't know where it happened, when, or by whom.
My child seems to know and now I'm left knowing that it will be ignored as this child transitions in the next few weeks - not enough time for me to get this child the needed help.
In a way, given the circumstances, I'm glad to know that the case is being closed. Again, if it were my family under investigation for false allegations I'm reassured to know that they aren't out taking action on innocent people (at least not all the time). And yet - someone did something and nothing will ever be done about it - that's unacceptable.