Two Memphis boys, aged 7 and 9, alleged to have raped a 2-year-old girl last August were placed in protective custody on Monday.
Shelby County Juvenile Court Magistrate Dan Michael turned the boys over to the state's Department of Children's Services after the prosecution asked that they be put in custody for treatment rather than punishment.
The boys' attorneys, James Sanders and Samuel Jones, had both asked that the boys be allowed to receive rehabilitative services from the state while in their own homes.
Sanders, who represents the 9-year-old, said there were "clearly no winners" in the situation.
"You've got a victim who certainly is going to probably bear the scars of this incident for years to come," he said.
"And you've got two young, alleged perpetrators who are going to have to carry the burden of this offense with them for years to come.
Wait. Maybe he wrote this Reuters story too. After all, the REAL victims of rape are the perpetrators, right?