The distraught child confided in someone about the incident while she sought safety from under a table.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing.
A firefighter and his wife have reportedly been arrested for raping a 7-year-old girl, according to an arrest affidavit, as pet Orlando Sentinel. Firefighter Argelio Pupo, 32, and his wife Morgan Keene, 27, forced the little girl into "sexual acts that she did not wish to perform," which led to their arrest. The incident took place in Kissimmee, Florida, and the victim allegedly confided in a caretaker about being touched inappropriately by Pupo while Keene watched. She then revealed that the firefighter raped her and after the horrifying ordeal, the couple used a sewing kit to sew up the injuries she suffered.
The affidavit mentioned the shocking reason behind the rape: "The victim mentioned that they were trying to teach her how to have a baby." It was reported that Keene was in the bedroom watching while her husband raped the girl. Later, she even helped clean the blood. "The victim stated [Keene] was present when this incident occurred and assisted in cleaning up the blood before ultimately telling the victim to go shower and go to bed," said the arrest report, according to The Sun. It was only when investigators went through messages Keene sent a friend that they found out about how they stitched together her injuries.
"The Victim stated the next day that [Keene] took her to Target and bought a sewing kit." Keene allegedly asked her friend - who works as an obstetrics nurse - questions on how to treat her own "vaginal tear". The friend advised Keene to visit a doctor, but she responded by saying Pupo had taken care of her injuries. When the nurse asked whether they used an anesthetic called lidocaine, Morgan responded, "Nope, lololol." According to Spectrum News, Apopka police responded to a disturbance at the home on November 11. At the home, the officials interacted with a few witnesses the victim had confided in to have a better understanding of the situation.
The attack left her shocked and distraught and she allegedly hid under the table while confiding in someone. Once the police got involved, Keene revealed that the relationship she shared with her husband was also abusive. She allegedly told officers that she suffered "physical and mental abuse" and wanted her firefighter husband out of the house. According to her claims, she was left with a black eye and partial vision loss after Pupo attacked her with an ice bag in the month of October. While she was arrested, she told the officers that she was pregnant, about two weeks.
Keene added that Pupo kicked her in the ribs when she told him about her pregnancy on November 4th. "It should be noted that Argelio is suffering from a foot injury that requires him to utilize a boot and crutches," the police report added. "Morgan described that her husband has put her in emotional fear and distress of her life," said the police report. The couple was taken into police custody, where Pupo was charged with capital sexual battery of a child under 12 and aggravated child abuse while Keene faces charges of capital sexual battery of a child under 12 and neglect of a child with great bodily harm.
Pupo is on leave without pay at Kissimmee Fire Department and Keene is a licensed real estate broker according to records. Pupo was put on leave after officials from the fire department found out about the accusations against the firefighter, Assistant Kissimmee Manager Austin D. Blake said, "Argelio Pupo has been relieved of his position and is on administrative leave without pay from the Kissimmee Fire Department pending an administrative review of his case and criminal charges. Unfortunately, because we’re still looking into his case we won’t be able to provide much more on his status at this time."