Friday, 14 August 2015

11-year-old rape victim gives birth in Paraguay

An 11-year-old girl, who according to authorities was raped by her stepfather, gave birth to a healthy baby girl Thursday morning in Asunción, Paraguay.
The baby was born by C-section and weighed 3 kilograms (about 6.6 pounds). Villalba said both the baby and her mother "are in good health condition." He also said doctors are monitoring them closely. They are expected to be released within three days if no complications arise.
The case shocked Paraguayans when it came to light in May. At the time the girl was 10 years old and 22 weeks pregnant. Authorities immediately arrested the girl's mother. The woman, who according to reports is 32 years old, was charged with child neglect and complicity.

Paraguayan police also launched a manhunt for the girl's stepfather, identified as 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez Zárate. Benitez was arrested shortly thereafter and charged with rape and abuse of a child. He denied the charges and demanded a DNA test to back up his claim. (s:By Rafael Romo, CNN, and journalist Sanie López Garel)

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