With so many stories about stranger rapists and date rapists, it's easy to forget that for some the greatest danger comes from the very people who are supposed to look out for our best interests -- family.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- A 56-year-old mother and her 40-year-old son have been served with arrest warrants accusing them of plotting the death of the woman's 15-year-old granddaughter - a teen the son is accused of raping.
William Caldwell, who is the teen's uncle, and his mother Myra Caldwell, both of Pinehurst, are accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer to kill the girl, who now lives out of state.
According to court papers, the officer was told to "make sure she never showed up again."
The arrest warrants accuse the two of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
An informant told authorities the mother and son wanted to hire a hit man so the teen couldn't testify against her uncle in the rape case, Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood said.
William Caldwell was served with the warrant Thursday in the Kootenai County Jail here, where he is awaiting trial on charges of felony rape and lewd conduct with a child under 16. Those charges were filed in August after a citizen found a duffel bag of personal letters in Post Falls that included details of the alleged crimes against the girl. The letters were turned over to Post Falls police.
Hopefully due to the undercover operation, this girl will be safe from those in her family who would harm her to keep her from testifying.
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