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Police: Parent sexually assaulted 9-year-old schoolgirl with hammer

A school security officer walked into the restroom, at which point attacker walked out and the victim ran past her

By Henry Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — A parent at a West Oakland elementary school was charged Tuesday with using a hammer to sexually assault a 9-year-old girl in a campus bathroom in what may have been an attack fueled by revenge, authorities said.

Alameda County prosecutors charged Haseemah Diame, 48, with crimes including sexual penetration of a child under 10 and inflicting mayhem and torture.

The incident happened about 10:50 a.m. Friday when Diame, a frequent school volunteer, allegedly lured the third-grader to a boys' restroom at Lafayette Elementary School.

Diame forced the girl into a stall, pulled her pants down and attacked her, Oakland schools police Officer Kent Kenery wrote in a court affidavit. The girl told police that Diame warned her, "Don't tell your mom," the affidavit said.

Diame told the girl to pull her pants back up, and when the girl said she couldn't stand up, "Diame began to strike her several times with a closed fist all over her body," Kenery wrote.

A school security officer walked into the restroom, at which point Diame walked out and the girl ran past her, yelling for help, police said.

The security officer took Diame to the school office. The girl told police that the suspect still had the hammer with her. As police tried to handcuff Diame, "a hammer fell out of her clothing," Kenery wrote.

"The hammer had what appeared to be fresh blood on the claw portion and on the wooden handle," Kenery wrote.

Troy Flint, a spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District, has said Diame, the parent of a second-grader, may have targeted the girl as a possible act of revenge in a family feud.

Copyright 2014 the San Francisco Chronicle

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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