The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Thursday, May 08, 2008

A ten year old mother

So often, we see these young teenage girls having babies and we think to ourselves that really, these girls are barely anything more than children themselves still. Usually, just the fact that they put themselves in a position that allowed them to accidentally get pregnant to start with is a sign that they have not yet reached the point of maturity which would have helped them in making wise choices and taking proper precautions. Most of us as adults understand the difficult paths these girls will have to follow- regardless of the method they choose to deal with their situation.

Compound motherhood at an early age with being in that situation because of a sexual assault, and the effects of the impending baby become much harder. Even if the child is adopted out, there is always that reminder of knowing that they bore a child because of rape. And if they choose to keep the child- well, you can imagine.

Now, take motherhood at an early age, and the cause of that being rape, then add to the mix that the new mother is a child who is just 10 years old.

A suspected illegal immigrant has been charged with raping a 10-year-old girl who later gave birth in eastern Idaho.

The girl gave birth less than two weeks ago by caesarian section at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Fremont County Sheriff Ralph C. Davis and other authorities said. Officials would not disclose the gender, date of birth or paternity of the baby.

"I wouldn't have believed a 10-year-old could conceive in the first place," Davis said.

A hospital spokeswoman would not discuss the condition of the girl or the baby and would not say whether either was still in the hospital Wednesday.

The investigation into the rape is ongoing and police have left the option for more charges to be filed open. There has been little released about just how a 10 year old could be sexually abused, become pregnant from it- and for it to go unnoticed until the child delivered the baby. I'm personally wondering where the parents were in all of this- and if charges will be pressed against any other individuals who may have either been involved, or who neglected to act when the child became pregnant.