Summery: The gang finds a two-year-old in the apartment of a dead Petty Officer.
WARNING: Contains reference to past spousal abuse and child abuse of a baby. (Not graphic)
WARNING: Contains a few mild swear words, no more then in the actual show.
WARNING: Contains the rape of a woman (Not on screen, and not graphic)
Chapter # 1
Tim entered the bullpen and was surprised to find Tony already at his own desk typing on his computer. Neither man had to be there for another half an hour, but Tim came in early to finish his report on the case that they had just wrapped up.
"What are you doing here so early?" he asked Tony, as he sat down. As soon as he sat down, he knew the anwer to his own question. The report he had left laying on his desk was not there.
"Tony." Tim said, trying to remain calm.
"Where is my report?"
"The report I left on my desk last night, the report that I have to have finished in less the half an hour."
"What does it look like?"
McGee sighed, then stood up and walked over to Tony's desk. He saw that the other man was reading his report.
"Not bad, but you need to run it through spell check." Tony said.
Tim snatched the report from Tony's hand and spun around, bumping into Gibbs who was walking behind him. The coffee in the other man's hand landed in the floor.
Gibbs and Tim both looked at the coffee laying in the floor, then at each other.
"Boss." Tim said, quickly kneeling down to clean the mess. "Sor…I mean I didn't mean to spill your coffee."
"Way to go McClumsy." Tony said.
"I'll go get you another cup, right now." Tim hurried out of the room, returning ten minutes later with a cup of coffee. He put it on Gibb's desk then hurried back to his own desk. His report was sitting where he left it the night before. Tim sent a glare towards Tony, but Tony just smiled back at him.
A few minutes later Gibb's phone rang.
"Gibbs." He said. "Steve, it's only been a couple of hours. Hell I've got an agent that always late. Okay, I'll have someone check it out. No problem." He hung up.
"A case Boss?" Tony asked.
"No, a Petty Officer is two hours late for her shift. It's probably nothing, but her CO wants us to check it out. McGee go and check it out." He said, holding a piece of paper with the address on it.
"Boss, I have to finish…." Gibbs looked at him. "On it Boss."
Tim quickly grabbed his gear, the paper, and hurried from the room. He knew that Gibbs was only sending him on this assignment to get even about the coffee, it was all Tony's fault.
It took him twenty minutes to make the drive. He pulled his car to a stop in front of a small house on the corner. He walked up the walkway and knocked on the door. He didn't receive an answer, but he heard a child crying. :
"NCIS!" he shouted, but still no answer. The only sounds coming from the house was that of the child crying.
Tim drew his gun, then kicked the door open. Inside, he saw a young woman in uniform laying on the living room floor. Her panties were around her ankles, and her blouse was torn open. He checked for a pulse, but the woman was dead.
Tim entered the room where the crying was coming from. It was a nursery and a young kid, he figured around two, was standing in a playpen, crying.
Tim rushed to the crying child and quickly checked her over, she seemed to be unhurt.
"I'll be right back, honey." He said. He wanted to hold the little girl and comfort her, but he knew he had to secure the house first, the attacker could still be there.
After checking the rest of the house, and finding nothing, Tim went back to the nursery. He picked the little girl up and she wrapped her small arms around his neck. Tim pulled his cell phone out and called Gibbs.
"It's okay." He tried soothing the girl, after he had hung up. "I'm Tim." She continued to cry. Tim noticed that her bottom felt soggy, he moaned.
"Guess you need changed." He said.
He saw a changing table against the back wall and laid the crying girl on it. He found a box pull up and took on, also finding powder and baby wipes.
"I've never done this before, honey." He said.
The girl was dressed in a pair of blue jean overalls and white shoes. Taking the shoes off wasn't a problem, but it took him a few moments to figure out the overalls. Finally getting her undressed, he took the soiled pull up off and used a baby wipe to clean her. He then opened the baby powder and tried to sprinkle some on her, but he opened the top too much. Baby powder went everywhere.
The little girl had stopped crying and was now looking at Tim. He grabbed another wipe and cleaned up the powder from the girl's face and chest. Then put a clean pull up on her, and stood her on the table.
"There you go, Sunshine." Tim said.
The girl giggled and Tim smiled.
"Guess you need clothes, where are your clothes."
The girl pointed to a dresser and giggled again.
Tim walked over to the dresser and opened the drawers, finding a pair of purple cotton pants and a purple tee shirt, he shut the draw and turned back to the young child. Then ran to the table in a panic. Apparently she had tried to climb down on her own, and was now dangling over the edge of the table. Tim picked her up and stood her back on the table.
"Don't do that." Tim snapped.
The young girl's lip poked out and started to quiver, then the tears came out, silently sliding down her face. Tim felt really low at that moment.
"I'm sorry, Sunshine." He said softly, as he picked her up and hugged her. "I didn't mean it." She returned the hug.
Tim stood her back on the table and she was smiling.
"Okay." Tim said. "Let's get you dressed."
When Gibbs parked in front of the house, he saw Tim sitting on the porch with a small child sitting in him lap.
"What a cute child." Ziva said.
"She okay?" Gibbs asked, nodding towards the child.
"She's fine boss."
"Stay out here with her."
Tim nodded. Gibbs, Tony, and Ziva went inside. Soon after, Ducky and Palmer arrived.
Tony was taking pictures and Ziva was searching for clues. Ducky and Palmer were examining the deceased woman.
"Time of death, Ducky?" Gibbs asked.
"Three hours." Was the reply. "There are marks on her neck, indicating that she was strangled from behind by someone taller then her.
"The assault started in the kitchen." Ziva said. "There is dishes and food in the floor, and a broken lamp by the doorway leading into here."
"McNanny said the door was locked from the inside when he arrived." Tony said. "There's an open window in the nursery."
"Do you think the child saw the assault?" Ziva asked.
"I hope not." Gibbs answered.
"From the state of her clothing and the bruising, she was most likely raped." Ducky said. "I will know for sure when we get her on the table."
After finishing the crime scene, they left. Ducky and Jimmy took the body back to NCIS. Gibbs, Ziva, and Tony went to tell her CO. Tim took the little girl back to NCIS.
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