Melinda Coleman and her children left town after a social and legal disaster involving allegations of sexual assault by Coleman’s 14-year-old daughter, Daisy, against a 17-year-old high school senior and football player.
The football player, Matthew Barnett, was quickly arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, but after a series of victim blaming, the charges were dropped without explanation. Six months after Coleman took her family out of Maryville, her house burned down.
After a firestorm of criticism following a story by The Kansas City Star with the decision not to file any charges, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice has reversed himself. On Wednesday, Rice announced that he has asked a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the case. Daisy Coleman may have her day in court after all.
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