Girl, 11, pregnant

– allegedly by father who killed self

Officers from the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) yesterday found an 11-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped and impregnated by her father.

Up to late yesterday afternoon, police were questioning the pregnant child and her mother, who belong to a community along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway. The girl’s father reportedly committed suicide last December.

A source close to the case told Stabroek News that the agency received a tip off through its hotline over the weekend, with information about the girl’s case. The CC&PA, when contacted, confirmed that it was investigating such a case.

Officers yesterday went to the community and found the visibly-pregnant child, who was being kept away from school while awaiting her Grade Six examination results for placement at a secondary school. The source said that it is being claimed that the child was impregnated some time late last year. Her mother, during questioning, denied knowing about the pregnancy. However, the source said that her claim is impossible and she should face charges for her culpability in the case.

The child reportedly told CC&PA officials that her father raped her twice. She said her father warned her not to say anything and threatened to harm her if she did. Even after his death, she still said nothing and she reportedly told officials that she was still very scared.

“Dead men tell no tales,” the source told Stabroek News, explaining that any allegation could be made against the dead man. Steps are being taken to ensure that the child joins a clinic to ensure that she and her unborn baby are in good health for the remainder of her pregnancy.

The child’s situation has been described as “sickening” and comes on the heels of three other reported cases so far for this year. One social worker blamed this situation on the erosion of “societal and family values,” saying one has to look at what is happening in society and in the home, where it appears that persons think very little about others.

According to the social worker, there are lots of cases of pregnant children. “There are lots more. This is just the tip of the iceberg,” the social worker said, while noting that the majority were cases of incest involving fathers and stepfathers.

This newspaper was told that in order to effectively combat the situation, there is a need to raise more awareness. “It is the adults’ responsibility to keep a child safe,” the social worker said, adding that raising awareness is not an easy task as lot of child abuse is occurring behind “closed doors.”

According to Guyana’s laws, 16 is the age of consent and sexual intercourse with girls below that age is classified as rape.

Two weeks ago, a 12-year-old, who was raped by her stepfather, gave birth to a healthy baby via Caesarean Section at the Georgetown Hospital. The stepfather is currently a prisoner on remand, after being charged with rape.

In January, a 13-year-old had to be air-dashed to the city after she developed complications while giving birth at the Port Kaituma Hospital, in Region One. Around the same time, a 14-year-old from the same area was also air-dashed to the city and she gave birth to her baby. It is unclear if the perpetrators in those two cases have been identified and arrested.

Comments  

Sublime Root, Cook tons put England in command v Windies

Joe Root hit his 13th centuryfeatured   BIRMINGHAM, England, (Reuters) – England’s Joe Root and Alastair Cook crafted superb centuries to lead the hosts to a commanding 348 for three on the opening day of their first day-night test against West Indies today.

Van ploughs through crowd in Barcelona, killing 13

A police officer helps evacuate people after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona, Spain August 17, 2017.

Sophia pillion rider dies in bike incident, husband questioned

A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed on the body of housewife Janice Edwards, 38, of 121 ‘C’ Field, Sophia, ECD, to determine the cause of her death.

China Railway gets major T&T road project

A sketch of the proposed Curepe Interchange (Trinidad Guardian) China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has been awarded a $221.7 million contract by the National infrastructure Development Company (Nidco) to build the controversial Curepe Interchange, the state company’s chairman Herbert George has confirmed.

Evidence in alleged plot to kill President was unreliable – Police legal advisor

Legal Advisor to the Police, retired Justice of Appeal, Claudette Singh yesterday testified that there was insufficient evidence in the allegation made by Andriff Gillard of an alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.

By ,

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×