Newly released police interviews in the case of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, who was allegedly raped and murdered while her mother watched, revealed the little girl begged for them to stop.
According to court documents obtained by KTLA, Michelle Martens, 35, watched as her daughter was raped and killed by her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales, 31, and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, on the day after her birthday in August.
In reports police said Victoria was injected with methamphetamine, raped, strangled, and stabbed before police found her dismembered body inside of a bathtub and wrapped in a towel that was on fire.
Her mother allegedly had sex with Gonzales 20 minutes after the murder.
According to KTLA, Martens told police several different stories during questioning before telling them her version of the truth.
In more than 100 pages of interviews, Martens allegedly first told police that Kelley, who is a convicted rapist for acting as lookout for a woman raping another inmate in jail, attacked Victoria during the night and she had no idea what happened to her.
According to reports, Martens said, “Jessica comes into our bedroom and asks me if I believe in God… She kept hitting me, hitting me, punching.
Martens reportedly said she managed to escape and was running to get help when she heard Kelley yell, “Your daughter is dead!”
But her story eventually changed, according to reports, and she then allegedly told police that she left Victoria at home with Gonzales and Kelley and that Victoria died after taking methamphetamine that had been left on a table.
She reportedly told police that the Gonzales and Kelley tried to dispose of the child’s body and they threated to kill Martens as well.
Martens allegedly told police the pair told her “that if I say anything, I’m going to be the next.”
Eventually Martens told police that Gonzales and Kelley gave Victoria meth, saying it “calms her down,” so they could rape her, according to station KOB.
As Gonzales and Kelley were raping the girl, KTLA reported that the child begged them to stop and her mother did nothing, even admitting to police that she enjoyed watching.
“I let them do it,” Martens told police, according to KTLA. She also said Kelley was stabbing the child and Gonzales was cutting her arms, the station reported.
Afterward, they cleaned up and made dinner, she said.
Martens also reportedly told police her daughter was sexually assaulted every day for a month before her killing by several men. There are also videos of the assaults, the mother said, according to police.
KOB reported that Gonzales was interviewed for nine hours and his version of what happened also changed.
He acknowledge having sex with Victoria after she was deceased, but initially acted surprised when police told him she was dead, according to authorities.
Martens is charged with kidnapping and child abuse resulting in death. Gonzales and Kelley face the same charges as well as child rape.
They have all pled not guilty.
All three cases are currently scheduled to be tried jointly.