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Girl, 11, believed to be pregnant for elderly uncle

THE SCENE: The home where an 11-year-old was allegedly molested by a relative in Carlton Mountain, Claremont in St Ann (PIC CREDIT: Ricardo Makyn)

AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl was admitted into hospital on Monday reportedly pregnant for her 63-year-old uncle.

The girl, who lived with her elderly uncle in the Jamaican parish of St Ann, had complained of severe bellyaches and headaches before she was taken to hospital, her mother said.

"I made her some ginger tea with cerassee and told her to lie down. But the whole weekend she cried that her belly was hurting and she wouldn’t eat anything, so I took her to the clinic on Monday," the 31-year-old told The Gleaner.

She said the doctor at the Claremont Clinic, close to the town of Claremont where the girl lived, was concerned after examining the child and told the mother she needed to do a pregnancy test.

"I asked why she would suggest a pregnancy test as my daughter was only 11 years old,” she said.
The test came back positive and the mother said she was told the child was three to four months pregnant.

It was also revealed that the child had fresh vaginal scarring which indicated penetration within the last three days. She also had an infection.

The police were called in and after prompting, the child revealed that it was the common-law husband of her grand aunt who was responsible. Around 5 pm on Monday, the 63-year-old was arrested at his home.

"She told the police and the doctor that it going on for a long time. I asked her why she never told me and she said that he threatened her," the child's father said. He also admitted that he was sickened after listening to his daughter describe in details of what was done to her.

The 11-year-old was taken to the St Ann's Bay Hospital and admitted. However, the mother said she was told a second pregnancy test came back negative. The child was scheduled to be sedated for a procedure to be performed last night.

Her parents said they still cannot get her to eat.

The child, the second of three for her mother, had been living with her great aunt and the accused since she was nine months old. Her mother, who was living in Kingston for a few years, moved back to Carlton Mountain in February.

"They raised me so I trusted them that much to raise my child," she said.

A senior police officer with the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse's St Ann's Bay office confirmed the incident, stating that the accused was now in custody while they conduct their investigation and await the medical report.

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