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Parents Didn't Report Daughter's Gunshot Wound for 5 Hours Because They Thought It Was Just Her Period

Young women are often told about the pains associated with menstruation, but one 10-yr-old was in over her head when she complained about a pain early Thursday morning. That's because what her family deduced was her first period was actually a gunshot wound.

The 10-year-old was sleeping in her bed at her home in Hayward, California around 2am Thursday morning when shots fired outside hit her in the buttocks. The girl's father, 42, told KPIX that he heard the shots, but thought they sounded like bulbs popping. Soon after, his 10-year-old daughter came out of her bedroom complaining about a pain in her pelvic region. He says the girl's mother and sister examined her and believed the blood was from her starting her menstrual cycle. 'An older sister gave her a pad and told her to put it on and go back to bed,' Hayward Police Lt Mark Stuart told the San Jose Mercury News. But when she woke up for school the next morning, she was still in pain.

That's when her parents examined her more closely and noticed the wound on her buttocks. The girl's 15-year-old sister called 911 and emergency responders were dispatched around 7:30am. Despite nursing a bullet wound for five hours, police say the girl was 'in good spirits' when they arrived. She went into surgery Friday to remove the bullet and was last reported recovering in the hospital. At first, police were suspicious as to why they weren't called sooner about the shots. 'How come we weren't called? We really need to know why we weren't called,' Hayward Police Sgt Mark Ormsby told KPIX. 'If they were scared - understandable. But we still need to be out there to treat whoever we can treat.'

The girl's father explained that it isn't customary in the gang-ridden neighborhood to call the police every time gunshots are heard. 'We don't call the cops when you hear shots on the streets. I didn't know it was in front of my house and I didn't know my daughter was shot,' he said. The doctor who examined the girl agreed that the parents could have mistaken the blood for a period since the entry wound was 'rather small'. 'The doctor said that if that's what they were seeing and they never initially saw the entry wound from behind, that it's plausible to believe it was a period as opposed to being shot,' said Lt Stuart. After the evaluation, the police said they would no longer be pursuing child neglect charges. It's still uncertain why the family was targeted, and so far police have not arrested any suspects in the shooting.

by Anonymousreply 3309/22/2013

[quote]'An older sister gave her a pad and told her to put it on and go back to bed,'

Good one, Suzy!

by Anonymousreply 109/22/2013

10 years old and already having her period? Parents really need to start feeding their kids hormone-free foods.

by Anonymousreply 309/22/2013

Dumbest parents of the year.

by Anonymousreply 409/22/2013

Is Hawyard a violent area?

by Anonymousreply 509/22/2013

r4 The parents I can see being clueless, but the sister????? She didn't even sit with her, asked no pertinent questions? The little girl just started to menstruate, why wasn't there more concern when she complained of such pain? Jeez what a screwed up family.

by Anonymousreply 609/22/2013

Women who complain are just given a pad too many times when it's not appropriate.

by Anonymousreply 709/22/2013

How would you not feel any pain at the entry point of the bullet (at the surface of your skin)?

by Anonymousreply 809/22/2013

scratch the surface of their story...there's more there than they're letting on....

by Anonymousreply 909/22/2013

But how is her vagina bone?

by Anonymousreply 1009/22/2013

I swear, my eldest sister was 15 years older than me, and I walked into the bathroom (since boys don't knock or have any manners) and ran out screaming that she had a "price tag". (I've knocked ever since.)

by Anonymousreply 1109/22/2013

Was her window open or wouldn't the bullet have penetrated the glass? Sleeping on the ground floor with an open window seems like a good invitation for a bed intruder. Hide ya kids...

by Anonymousreply 1209/22/2013

"That's when her parents examined her more closely and noticed the wound on her buttocks."

Told you I was badass. No girl can't dodge my bullet, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 1309/22/2013

'But mooooommmmmm....'

by Anonymousreply 1409/22/2013

The mom is probably the HR woman from where I work. She is always bitching at us to save the company money by not using the ER (and making an insurance claim) and waiting for the doctor's office to open and making an appointment instead.

by Anonymousreply 1509/22/2013

Yeah, R15, that sounds EXACTLY the same as this. It must be her.

*rolls eyes*

by Anonymousreply 1609/22/2013

they shot her

by Anonymousreply 1809/22/2013

[quote] Vagina, gunshot wound...who can tell the difference?

They're both unsightly bloody messes that bring nothing but pain.

by Anonymousreply 1909/22/2013

Stupidest parents ever.

by Anonymousreply 2009/22/2013

Get a load of the father. He's dressed like a 14 year old gangbanger and drinking out of a cup with a straw.

Poor kids. They'll grow up as bad, i f not worse than their parents.

by Anonymousreply 2109/22/2013

If the kid is the victim of a crime, the family won't have to pay for medical expenses. Perhaps they're afraid to report the gunshots and take the risk of being involved.

By the way, it is common now for girls as young as 8 and 9 to start their periods.

by Anonymousreply 2209/22/2013

[R:3] 10-years-old is well within the normal range. The average age is 12 - but they can be as young as 8. Nothing to see here.

by Anonymousreply 2309/22/2013

I hope this isn't some kind of Crips versus Bloods thing. If it is, looks like a stalemate.

by Anonymousreply 2409/22/2013

To be fair, the little girl had been displaying obvious signs of PMS the days before

by Anonymousreply 2509/22/2013

What a horrible life she will lead with these useless clueless CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT parents. Yuck.

by Anonymousreply 2609/22/2013

Snitches get stitches, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 2709/22/2013

Bullets go through walls. Especially American walls. In fact, you could stick a pencil through the wall of most American houses with your hand.

by Anonymousreply 2809/22/2013

You laugh, but it's apparently very easy to confuse the two things. When I had my first period, my father went around saying, "Oh my God, something must have died in here!"

by Anonymousreply 2909/22/2013

"10 years old and already having her period? Parents really need to start feeding their kids hormone-free foods."

They live in a gang-infested neighborhood where flying bullets barely raise an eyebrow. I doubt they can afford to shop at Whole Foods.

by Anonymousreply 3009/22/2013

Organic dairy would probably keep the girls from menstrating so early.

by Anonymousreply 3109/22/2013

If it bleeds that long without dying shoot it.

by Anonymousreply 3209/22/2013

Something isn't right. So the kid is covered in blood and cries to her mom and sister who just give her a pad and tell her to go to bed? No comforting her with a "you're a woman now" talk...or at the very least getting her cleaned up? WTF?

I think she sassed her dad and he shot her in the ass.

by Anonymousreply 3309/22/2013
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