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Audrii Cunningham Murder: Former Victim Emotionally Describes What Suspect Did to Her When She Was 10 – Perez Hilton – Monomaxos

We learn more and more disturbing details about the man suspected of murder Audrii Cunningham.

As we reported, Don Steven McDougal has been charged with murder in connection with the 11-year-old's death. Audrii was reported missing on February 15 after she didn't make it to her bus stop or school that day. McDougal β€” a friend of her father's who lived in a trailer behind the Cunninghams β€” sometimes babysat the child and even dropped him off at her bus stop that day. On the day of her disappearance, he had been the last person to see her alive, which quickly made him a person of interest in the case.

When the 42-year-old was arrested on unrelated charges, his statements, along with phone records and surveillance footage, led to police finding Audrii's body in Trinity River. Her remains were tied to a rock on the ground with a rope. According to the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office, she died of “homicidal violence, including blunt head trauma.” So, so terrible. As previously mentioned, McDougal has since been charged with murder.

Related: Lawyer says sentencing accused murderer Audrii Cunningham could be difficult

In addition, this is not the first time that the suspect has been in serious trouble with the law. Audrii isn't even his first alleged underage victim – he's been charged seduce a minor a few years ago. Yes, you read that correctly. McDougal was allowed to be alone with Audrii – even though he had previously been accused of luring a minor. And, you know, that's what it looks like.

Don Steven McDougal charged with murder
(c) Polk County Sheriff's Office

And now the victim is here The The incident speaks about the horrors she experienced.

Carissa Davis explained ABC13 She was 10 years old in March 2007 when McDougal attended a family gathering at her uncle's home in Brazoria County, Texas. His sisters were family friends and brought him to the event. But that evening quickly turned into a nightmare, Carissa says, when McDougal attacked her. She recalled the outlet:

β€œHe came into the room where me and my cousin were sleeping.”

Carissa said McDougal pulled her cousin out of bed and then climbed in next to her before trying to take off her pants:

β€œ(He) tried to pull my pants down and at that moment I immediately jumped up. I remember looking at him. I asked, 'Do you know how old I am?'”

As Carissa ran to the door, she remembered him going after her and β€œgrabbing” her. But she wouldn't go down without a fight. She remembers β€œswinging my arm” and β€œhitting” him. McDougal continued to pursue them. But luckily, Carissa was able to alert her aunt to what was happening before he could reach her again. This poor girl.

After 17 years, Carissa finally saw McDougal again – when a picture of him surfaced in connection with Audrii's disappearance. She recognized him immediately, even after all these years. Now she can't help but wonder what could have happened if she hadn't escaped him that night. She burst into tears and said:

β€œEveryone was still asleep. I mean, my uncle's backyard was the forest. I mean, it could have been me.”

After the attack KHOU 11 reported McDougal's sentencing in connection with the incident. He pleaded no contest to two counts – and was sentenced to just two years in prison. Annoyingly, McDougal didn't even have to register as a sex offender! Looking back, Carissa thinks he should have stayed in prison longer. And after Audrii's murder, she believes the county has “abandoned” all of its victims:

β€œI think Brazoria County has definitely failed me and Audrii and possibly more.”

Our hearts break for Carissa and Audrii. It's terrible what happened to them. You can watch the emotional interview here:

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence and would like to learn more about resources, you should take a look

If you seriously suspect child abuse, call or go to the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453

[Image via ABC7/YouTube, Polk County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook]
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