An Indiana woman allegedly sold her 13-year-old daughter to a 27-year-old man and used the money to throw a party after forcing her to marry him, The Associated Press reported. According to Gazette Journal.
Court records indicate that the man, Zee Kdee Ya, gave the girl jewelry and around $ 2,000 in cash, which the parents used to buy makeup for the girl and food for the Dec. 20 party. 2020. The mother claimed that the daughter’s father knew they used the money to fund the party. Ya also reportedly said that when he gave the girl the money, she told him that she passed it on to her father.
However, the father told police he never received the money and “knew nothing about the money handed over to the victim,” according to court documents.
A Children’s Services Department investigator said she told the girl’s father twice in December that he couldn’t legally arrange a wedding for his daughter because of her age, the Gazette reported. . Two other DCS employees said the same to the mother and father on several occasions in the week leading up to the wedding.
The girl’s father is not currently facing charges, but Ya was charged Thursday with solicitation of children and dependent negligence. Arrest warrants have been issued for Ya and the mother.
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Police intervened when a friend of the girl called Fort Wayne Police on December 20, 2020, to tell them that her friend was forced to marry an adult that night, court documents show.
Officers arrived at a party and saw a sign on the wall celebrating the wedding, court documents show. The adults there denied that it was a wedding celebration, saying it was “just an engagement between the young girl and Zee Kdee Ya,” according to court records.
But when police spoke to the girl privately, she said that seven days before the wedding was celebrated, her parents signed documents in Burmese, arranging the wedding.
Court records allege that Ya gave the girl a gold bracelet, necklace and around $ 2,000 in cash, which she gave to her parents. At the time, she was considered married and had moved in with Ya and had to share a bed with him, according to court documents.
When Ya allegedly tried to touch the girl over her clothes, she yelled at him to leave her alone, court records show.
He then quoted the Bible to her and said to the girl, “You own me now. I can make you do whatever I want,” according to court documents, which also indicate that the girl said her parents told her to. said she “needed to have sex.” with Ya because he was now her husband. “
Ya reportedly told a police investigator that the party was to celebrate the engagement and marriage. He admitted the girl moved in with him after signing the papers, but denied staying in the same bed and said the marriage was stopped by police and DCS, court documents show.
The girl’s mother told police her daughter “was only getting engaged and wouldn’t get married until she was 18,” according to records.