[www.inewsguyana.com] – Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) Ann Greene has responded with disgust to allegations by a 12 – year – old Lethem girl that she was raped and impregnated by her stepfather.
Green says her Agency has no option but to believe the story of the child until evidence is provided to prove otherwise. She said the expecting girl, who is currently a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital, 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.
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, yesterday police sources 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.
Yesterday, Crime Chief Leslie James confirmed that the stepfather is in police custody. The Crime Chief also said that based on his last update of the matter, the child who had initially indicated that she was impregnated by her stepfather began to recant her claims.