April 1, 1995 in Nation/World

Judge Blasts Parents For Rape, Hiv Infection

Associated Press
 

A woman whose husband of three hours raped her 7-year-old daughter, giving the girl the AIDS virus, was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for endangering the girl and hiding the attack.

Superior Court Judge Robert McIntyre rejected the prosecution’s recommendation for a year in jail and condemned the mother for actions he said will kill the child.

“The court’s primary concern and compassion is for a 7-year-old girl … who will not be with us long,” McIntyre said. “All the good (the mother) did prior to that day … cannot balance the evil that was done to her child on that date.”

The woman, who revealed in court Friday that she also is HIV-positive, was convicted in December of child endangerment and of being an accessory to rape. She hung up the telephone when her son called 911 to report the attack in January 1994.

Her husband, Frank Cisco Bridges, 44, is serving a 38-year prison sentence.

Authorities say the girl is showing early symptoms of AIDS.

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