Case of Preg­nant 11-Year-Old “Out­ra­geous”!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Out­spo­ken Hu­man Rights ac­tivist and at­tor­ney-at-law Mary Fran­cis says the case in­volv­ing an 11-year-old girl be­ing preg­nant is noth­ing short of ‘out­ra­geous’. She has since called for a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter by the po­lice and Hu­man Ser­vices. The STAR has learned that since the story sur­faced here on Wed­nes­day, the De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices has con­firmed the in­ci­dent and is pur­su­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

On Mon­day a sin­gle mother of Mi­coud took her 11-year-old daugh­ter to see the doc­tor af­ter the child had com­plained of not feel­ing well. It was at that mo­ment that she was in­formed by the doc­tor that her daugh­ter was five months preg­nant.

The STAR has learned that fam­ily mem­bers be­lieve that a 17-year-old who lives in the same com­mu­nity al­legedly had sex with the child and im­preg­nated the mi­nor. The in­ci­dent has sparked out­rage in the com­mu­nity with neigh­bours ex­press­ing shock not only at the preg­nancy but also the fact that the mother was un­aware of the child be­ing preg­nant.

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