Nightmarish Sexual Assault Exam Forced on 5yo Girl by Police Because She Fell Off a Trampoline
Free Thought Project
Mountain View, CA — Madeleine Lother, 5, was on a play date with friends at a trampoline park last year when she took a spill and fell on a large knotted rope. That fall would then set off a series of events that would lead to a living nightmare for the girl and her parents and a $600,000 settlement.
On Friday, the family accepted a $600,000 settlement after their daughter was forced to undergo a humiliating exam. The Daily Post reports that the Lothers filed a motion asking a judge to approve a $600,000 settlement. The settlement would cover the Lothers’ attorneys fees and does not require any admission of guilt or liability from any of the defendants. The daughter who was stripped would receive about $80,000. Her older sister, who was also questioned by police, would get about $40,000. The Lothers’ attorney, Robert Powell of San Jose, would be paid $40,000. The parents would receive $440,000.
This nightmare for the Lother family started on January 25 at a trampoline park when Madeline fell off a rope and injured herself.
“She was crying. She went in the foam pit and continued to play with her friends, and she was crying, holding her private area,” said Madeleine’s mother Danielle.
When Danielle got home, she checked her daughter’s private area, saw a minor scrape, and then called the pediatrician for advice. The injury was so minor, however, that it required very little attention.
“I mean, we kept checking it. I washed it. We bathed her, but it was kind of like a non-issue after that,” Danielle said, according to ABC 7.