11-year-old rape victim provides brave testimony in court

The 11-year-old girl raped in an abandoned house in Highland Park, testified Friday.

The girl took the stand in the district court preliminary exam for Ramirez Dewberry, the 24-year-old charged with the crime.

She said she was on her way to school last December, telling the court she normally walks to the bus stop with her brother. But she woke up late that morning and went by herself. 

"He said, 'Hey little girl' and I turned around," she said.

She said he grabbed her shoulder and pulled her into and abandoned home. The child testified that he had a gun.

"What did he do with the gun," asked Lora Weingarden, assistant Wayne County prosecutor.

"When we went to the abandoned house he put it up to my mouth," she said.

In graphic detail, the child testified that Dewberry asked her if she knew how to twerk, raped her in the bathroom, then told her to get dressed and go in the basement. 

But she refused because there was water downstairs - so he told her to wait in the bathroom.

"But he never came back so I had went out the back window," she said.

The child ran to a nearby gas station for help- investigators say they have a DNA match and a written confession. But supporters of Dewberry say that's not the man they know.

"I believe he's innocent," said Steven Willis. "I don't know this man's character in any form or fashion to be like that - we uplift the community."

"I wanted to see that they have DNA evidence and that they have a confession and if they have that," said Ewanda Wyndella. "That makes me think rationally, not emotionally."

Prosecutors say that evidence will be presented at trial.

"What he did was a really horrible thing," Weingarden said. "And we will probably be going to trial and more facts will come out then."

Weingarden praised the victim - just a little girl - but a strong witness.

"She's very strong, very courageous," Weingarden said. "And she's helping us get someone off the streets who did something really awful/"

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