This story gets more sad, and more tragic, as more details emerge.
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Fox News Latino is reporting that DNA tests were run on both the girl, and her baby, to determine the extent of the crime. You may remember that, last week, we reported that a 9-year-old girl had given birth, and the father was purported to be the girl’s 17-year-old boyfriend.
Now, however, subsequent DNA tests have confirmed that the girl is 12 years old, not 9 as was originally reported. (Not, mind you, that this makes the situation any better.) In addition, the father of the baby is the girl’s own stepfather, not the girl’s boyfriend. The girl’s stepfather has turned himself in to the authorities, but it is not clear what charges — if any — he will face.
It is speculated that the girl was reported to be 9 years old for legal reasons: under the criminal code in the part of Mexico where they live, a conviction of rape carries a mandatory 18-year sentence if the victim is under the age of 10.