Immediately her mood changed... She got kind of quiet like she didn't want to talk about it. So I asked "did you have fun" - "yes" she answered.
"Was _ mommy & daddy nice?"
Again "yes" she told me.
"Does _ have any bothers or sisters?"
"she has one brother & one sister"
"were they nice to you?" I asked
She nodded & looked down....
I asked her what's wrong & then she told me .....
While everyone was sleeping the girls brother woke her up in the middle of the night, took her to his room & then he stuck his hand down the front of her pants.
MY HEART SANK & STOMACH KNOTTED :(
I asked if she told her mommy (my sis) & daddy what happened, she said no because he told her if she said anything he would kill her mommy.
I held her for what seemed like forever, then my sweet, innocent niece tells me with tears running down her face "please don't tell mommy- I dont want her to die"
In that moment I folder her I wouldn't (I was trying to calm her down & basically just said what she wanted to hear)
My niece fell asleep on the couch shortly after & I called my sis & told her I had to talk to her to get back quickly (I didn't want to tell her over the phone then have her drive back in a panic, having her mind occupied & BAM get into an accident)
She got here & I told her exactly what my niece said.
My poor sister fell to the floor :(
My niece heard her mom crying, woke up & my sis asked her.
My niece immediately looked at me with such a betrayed look on her face. She said "you told her??? Why would you do that?" Then she said she hated me & would never trust me again :(
In my heart I know I did the right thing telling my sister (obviously) but I am feeling so guilty thinking I may have potentially broken the trust & bond my niece and I have had for her whole life. I love her like my own child & I will fight to protect het like my own -- I just hope she can forgive me one day & know I did it for her not to hurt her.
btw- my sister & her DH called the police last night & are dealing with the situation.