In what might be another distressing story for most, a 12-year-old girl allegedly gave birth to a child after suffering from stomach pain. The minor was pregnant with her 14-year-old brother who sexually assaulted her when she was only 11 years old.
The entire incident was heard by Swansea Crown Court. It seems the siblings grew up in a dysfunctional home where the parents had little control.
According to Wales Online, the atmosphere and practice at home was unlike any other. There was a lot of secrecy and lies, including sexual limits.
The child’s father is now 16 and had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.
As the girl was suffering from a stomach ache, a midwife shared with the court the questions she asked the 12-year-old girl. This included asking her if she had had sex and if she had consented to it. The girl responded by saying that she thought so but was not sure.
Therefore, it appears that the girl did not know she was pregnant according to prosecutor Georgina Buckley.
The teenager said he and his sister were fighting in bed at the time. Later they ended up kissing, undressing and having sex.
Defense attorney Dean Pulling pointed out that there were difficult and dysfunctional circumstances, due to the secrecy and lies the parents instilled. Among those circumstances was the boy’s exposure to pornography when he was only 10 years old.
“Children are the products of their upbringing and the environment to which they are exposed,” Pulling said.
The girl, after giving birth, declared that she did not want to go home. She wanted to live a normal life with her baby. She is now in foster care and would respond well and feel remorse.
As for the teenager, the judge gave him a two-year-old removal order with supervision requirement and activity requirement. He was also registered as a sex offender for 30 months.