By Leroy Smith
The child claims that she became pregnant for her stepfather after he raped her.
iNews was reliably informed that the girl gave birth sometime between late Sunday evening and early yesterday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital where she was taken after complaining of labour pains..
The child has been placed into protective care and will return there after she is cleared by doctors for discharge.
When contacted yesterday on the status of the investigation, Crime Chief Leslie James told iNews that the file is yet to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and that should be done sometime this week.
Head of the Child Care and Protection Agency, Ann Green told iNews the department has already done its part by submitting statements to the police and all other information that was requested.
iNews understands that three persons are being placed at the center of the investigations into the rape of the child.
Green recently told iNews that her Agency has no option but to believe the story of the child until evidence is provided to prove otherwise. She said the child recalled traveling to the city to visit her mother where she was allegedly raped by her stepfather while her mother was out.
Greene has particularly denounced the notion that man is vindicated since he claims to be HIV+ and the child has tested negative.
“Enough is enough in this country, we cannot have people raping and having sex with children and walk with impunity, it is wrong… it is against the law and we will get to the bottom of this story because the things she is saying are making sense,” Greene said during a telephone interview with iNews a few weeks ago.
iNews was informed that the mother allegedly tried to cover for the stepfather by claiming that the child is pregnant for a young man from Lethem, Region 9.
The mother reportedly told officials of the Child Care and Protection Agency that after the child began to show signs that she was pregnant; the matter was reported to the police.
However, police could not find any evidence that the woman reported the matter.
“This thing is becoming disgusting; we have to listen to the child, that is our job, we cannot ignore her… someone has to take responsibility for what has happened,” Greene added.
Greene said that if the window period has passed and it is found that the child is HIV+ “it would be double jeopardy for her and that is a very sad situation to think about.”
Greene reminded that there is an incubation period to determine if someone has contracted HIV and if the girl is not positive at this stage that does not mean that she did not contracted the virus hence the man should not be allowed to walk free based on his claims.