(UPDATE) Regusters Guilty in School Kidnapping Case
[Update 11:24 a.m.] Regusters has been found guilty on all counts.
GUILTY! Jury throws the book at Christina Regusters in the high-profile child kidnapping and rape trial. http://t.co/Tqy4hmIanj
— Vince Lattanzio (@VinceLattanzio) September 12, 2014
Christina Regusters has been found guilty on all counts in her high-profile child kidnapping and rape trial that has gripped Philadelphia for the past year.
The 21-year-old was charged with six crimes: Aggravated assault; Involuntary deviant intercourse of a child involving serious bodily injury; Kidnap to facilitate a felony; Unlawful contact with a minor involving sexual offenses; Unlawful restraint of a minor with a risk of a bodily injury; Concealment of the whereabouts of a child.
Regusters was emotionless as the jury of seven women and five men delivered their verdict. Her mother, sitting behind her, sobbed into a washcloth.
Regusters had been accused of dressing up in Muslim attire in January 2013 to disguise her appearance, signing the girl out of class before the end of the school day at Bryant Elementary School, then sexually assaulting the girl overnight. The girl was found next day, abandoned on a wintertime playground wearing nothing but a shirt.
[Original] Fox 29 is reporting that jurors have arrived at a verdict in the Christina Regusters kidnapping and sexual assault case:
“Prosecutors say 21-year-old Christina Regusters took the kindergartner from her Philadelphia school in January of 2013.” The trial lasted two weeks. We’ll have the verdict as soon as it is reported.
Previously: Trial Winds Down in School Kidnapping Case
Previously: Mom Testifies About Abduction of Daughter From Philly School
Previously: Mother of 5-Year-Old Abducted from Philadelphia School Sues District, Teacher