Trial began today for the 21-year-old woman who is charged with abducting and raping a 5-year-old girl.
Christina Regusters, 21, was calm and composed, examining court documents and shuffling papers as she sat at the defense table, while a prosecutor described the 19-hour captivity of a child in which Regusters allegedly vaginally and anally raped the child with an unknown object.
Regusters is accused of wearing Muslim garb and entering Bryant Elementary School in West Philadephia on the morning of Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, minutes after the victim had gotten to school. After the girl finished breakfast, Regusters allegedly led her out of the school, before 9 a.m.
While school employees told authorities they assumed the woman was Regusters' mother, there is no direct evidence that she was ever asked about her relation to the girl, and no one ever asked her for photo ID to check the girl out, although that is School District policy.
The child was then allegedly taken to a home in the area of the 6200 block of Walton Avenue where Regusters lived with several relatives, where the child was allegedly sexually abused.
A passerby found her early the next morning in an Upper Darby field, shivering and clad only in an adult male t-shirt.
Regusters is charged with two counts of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse with a child causing serious bodily injury, as well as one count each of aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful contact with a minor, unlawful restraint of a minor, custodial interference, reckless endangerment and corrupting a minor.
But Reguster’s attorney, W. Fred Harrison, Jr., disputed that Regusters is indeed the person who wore the Muslim garb and implied his client may have been misidentified.
He also said that Regusters, a former after school social worker and former resident of Silver Springs, Maryland, was sexually assaulted in 2005 by her father, who also sexually assaulted her sister, and in 2012 was raped but did not report the rape to authorities as she did not believe she could identify her assailant.
Testimony will continue this afternoon.