Boys, 8 and 9, charged in alleged rape of girl, 11

ACWORTH - Three boys ages 8 and 9 were being held Monday in a detention center after being accused of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in the woods near a suburban Atlanta apartment complex, officials said.

The alleged attack happened Thursday and the girl's mother reported it to authorities Sunday, Acworth police Capt. Wayne Dennard said.

'The victim said they were playing outdoors and the girl was forced into a wooded area where she was sexually assaulted, where one of the boys raped her,' Dennard told The Associated Press.

The three boys - an 8-year-old and two 9-year-olds - appeared in juvenile court Monday afternoon, dwarfed by the courtroom chairs and wearing navy blue jump suits and shackles. Their names were being withheld because of their age.

Cobb County District Attorney Pat Head said the boys could not be charged with felony crimes because of their age but could be tried for delinquent acts that could place them in a juvenile facility for up to five years.

Juvenile Court Judge A. Gregory Poole issued a gag order preventing the lawyers from commenting further.