STOCKTON — Two mothers on either side of what Stockton police call the attempted rape of a teen girl shout it out in front of the home officers say the girl was able to escape.
“That’s a damn lie. She just left from three houses down. Why would she knock on your door?” shouted Sheila Medley, from the driver’s seat of her car.
“For someone to say not in here, that means someone has priors,” she said.
“It’s important for us to encourage our kids to be honest, especially these little girls, getting these boys in trouble,” said the mother of the man accused of trying to hurt Medley’s daughter, as she argued back from the curb of Keyser Drive.
Investigators have their own version of what happened there Sunday night.
“A 14-year-old girl was going door to door selling some candy and a 24-year-old male suspect pulled her into the home and attempted to remove her clothes,” said Officer Rosie Calderon with the Stockton Police Department.
The mother of suspect Unique Newton — who didn’t want to reveal her name or face — stood in her driveway disputing police accounts and telling FOX40 about some of the legal and mental challenges that have plagued her son since he had a psychotic break three years ago.
“I’ve been begging San Joaquin County Mental Health to admit him in their facility for at least 72 hours,” she said.
That’s when Sheila Medley, the mother of the 14-year-old pulled up, demanding answers.
“I’m going off what my daughter said,” she shouted.
“My son didn’t drag anybody in the house,” the suspect’s mom shouted back.
The suspect’s sister, who was home at the time but didn’t want her story to be recorded in any way, said off-camera that Medley’s daughter came looking to use the restroom at their home, that she heard the girl flush the toilet upstairs and then start giggling with her brother downstairs, which is why she followed.
She says she found the two against a wall, touching.
“From my understanding my 22-year-old daughter put her out of my house, told her you need to leave, get out of my momma’s house. That’s how she got out ’cause my 22-year-old daughter put her out,” said Newton’s mom.
Neighbors are shocked by what may have happened right across the street.
“Kind of frightening. We have two children here … grandkids that live with us,” said Jane Bolze.
“Like you believe your daughter. I believe my daughter,” countered Medley as the arguing over the alleged incident continued in the street.
“I’m not saying she’s a bad kid,” said Newton’s mom.
“You don’t know her,” Medley fired back.
“Excuse me, excuse me, let the courts settle this. This is not going to be settled in the street,” said Medley’s husband as he walked up to the confrontation several minutes in, trying to calm it.
Two sets of parents are now looking to the courts to sort out a Sunday night between their children.