An Indiana woman allegedly sold her 13-year-old daughter to a 27-year-old man
FORT WAYNE, India (AP) – An Indiana woman sold her 13-year-old daughter to a 27-year-old man before she and her husband forced her to marry him and then celebrated the wedding with a party, authorities said. .
The girl’s mother was charged Thursday in Allen County with the sale of a child in which the defendant transfers or receives property to end the care of a dependent and neglects a dependent, the Journal Gazette reported.
The 27-year-old man, Zee Kedi Ya, was also charged Thursday. He faces charges of child molestation and neglect of a dependent.
Arrest warrants were issued for Ya and the girl’s mother. Online court records did not mention which lawyers on Friday could speak on behalf of either.
Police intervened when a friend of the girl called Fort Wayne police on December 20, 2020, to say her friend had been forced to marry an adult that night, according to court documents.
Court documents said the officers arrived at a party and saw a sign on the wall to celebrate the marriage. Adults there denied it was a wedding celebration, saying it was “merely an engagement between the girl and Zee Kedi Ya,” according to court records.
But when the police spoke in private with the girl, she said that seven days before the wedding, her parents signed papers in Burma to arrange the marriage.
Court records claim that Ya gave the girl a gold bracelet, necklace, and about $2,000 in cash, which she handed to her parents. At the time, she was considered married and moved in with Ya and had to share a bed with him, according to court documents.
Court records stated that when Ya attempted to touch the girl over her clothes, she yelled at him to leave her alone.
He then quoted her from the Bible and told her, “I own you now. I can make you do whatever I want,” according to court documents, which also state that the girl said her parents told her she “needs to have sex with ya because he’s her husband now.”
Ya allegedly told the police investigator that the party was to celebrate the engagement and wedding. He admitted that the girl moved in with him after signing the papers but denied that they stayed in the same bed, and said the wedding was stopped by the police and the Child Services Department, according to court documents.
Hey, she told the police he gave the girl money and gold, and the girl told him she gave the money to her father, according to court documents.
The girl’s mother told police that her daughter “was only engaged and would not marry until she was 18,” according to the records. Court documents said she and her husband used $2,000 from Ya to buy party food and cosmetics for their daughter, according to court documents.
The girl’s father allegedly knew that they used the money for the party. But the father, who has not been charged, told police he never received any money and “knew nothing about money given to the victim,” according to court documents.