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Mother asking for more action from Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after she says her daughter was touched inappropriately

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local mother claims her five-year-old daughter was touched inappropriately, and now, she's looking for help getting answers in the case.

Davey Johnson, the child's father, said he found a 14-year-old and his daughter in his shed March 22nd and that the teen pulled her pants down and touched her.

"[The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office] has not done their job at all on this. They've completely dropped the ball. If you're a parent with a five-year-old girl, what would you do?" said Johnson.

The Johnsons said they took their daughter to Shands on Monday. After they say JSO failed to contact them, a doctor there helped them get a Child Protection Team appointment set for Tuesday morning.

First Coast News looked into the Johnsons' claim and spoke with JSO, who tell us a patrol officer wrote the report Friday, forwarded it to the Sex Crimes Unit and on Monday it was assigned to a detective.

In a written statement JSO said:

"There was not an allegation of a sexual battery when the police originally responded. The details that were provided and documented do not warrant a call out for a sex crimes detective. The complainant was told that the detectives would be in contact with them."

"I feel they're criminalizing me because they're not doing anything about it and I don't know why the detective wouldn't talk to me," said Angela Johnson, the child's mother.

Despite, the mother's claim that the detective wouldn't talk to her, later in our interview, she said the detective working the case did call Tuesday morning.

The parents missed their Tuesday CPT appointment and it was rescheduled for Wednesday at 3 p.m. On Wednesday night, Angela Johnson wrote the detective involved in the case an email asking what will happen next.

The detective then responds twice Thursday and in the last email writes, "I can assure you [this] case is just as important as any other of my cases. As I move forward with the investigation, I will be conducting an interview with [the alleged suspect] in the near future. Depending on the results of that interview, I will make the determination whether there is probable for an arrest at that time. If no arrest is made, I will present the case to the State Attorney's Office for their review and decision if an arrest warrant will be issued ... Unfortunately this is not an immediate process and takes time to accomplish. I am currently working another case today, and will be in a trial next week; however, I intend on conducting my interview between now and then. Once I have more information to pass along, I will forward it to you."

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