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Local mom says she wants justice for her daughter

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A local mother says she wants justice for her little girl! Her ex-husband, a former Virginia State Police captain, is accused of sexually abusing and raping the girl in Brunswick County.

54-year-old Edward Hope Junior faced similar charges in Chesterfield involving the same child, but a mistrial was declared.

Now, with a court hearing set for Tuesday in Brunswick, the alleged victim's mother is ready for a fight.

Kim Drummonds is still frustrated by the mistrial this summer and plans to go to that Brunswick hearing to push for a trial there. The Chesterfield mom says this ordeal has dragged on far too long for her daughter and hopes Brunswick will see the case through. Drummonds says her daughter, a 14-year-old high school freshman, is missing out on a normal teenage life.

"It just feels like this is a never ending ride in hell," said Drummonds.

Drummonds says her daughter has a chance at getting justice in Brunswick County.

The girl's step-father, Hope Jr., is facing ten child sex crime charges there including rape. Drummonds says they stem from a 2003 overnight hunting trip Hope took with her daughter.

"This poor child has not experienced in her favor yet, she's done everything she needed to do, but she hasn't seen it work. She's just been put off. [It's] very frustrating," said Drummonds.

Drummonds says her daughter is willing to testify in Brunswick should the case go to trial, just like she did in Chesterfield. In that case, Hope was accused of almost daily sexual encounters with his step-daughter for three years. It ended in a mistrial and the charges were dropped.

The prosecutor decided against a retrial, for now, saying it's not in the girl's best interest to testify again - that it would be harmful.

"I never agreed to that we had discussed that maybe she needed a break," said Drummonds.

Drummonds says her daughter will recount her painful story, if it will bring closure.

"She would like to see him behind bars and she will tell you that, 'As long as the day is I want him behind bars. I know what he did to me and even if he doesn't go behind bars, he deserves to be. I hope he never gets to another kid again,'" said Drummonds.

Hope has denied any sexual encounter with Drummonds daughter. The prosecutor in Chesterfield says he is interested in what Brunswick will do

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