Wednesday 26 October 2016

Rape fear as 14-year-old gives birth to second child

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl has given birth to her second child at a Dublin hospital, according to reports today.

Gardai have launched an investigation as the young girl is deemed under law to be a victim of statutory rape.

Officers were assigned to the hospital to keep a close watch to ensure the girl and her baby remain in contact with social services for their own well-being.

Tulsa, the State’s child and family care agency, has been granted a care order after an application was made to the courts. The young girl is understood to be a member of a minority community.

A garda spokesman said  details remain confidential and the gardai “are liaising with Tusla” on the matter.

“This is a very sensitive  matter,” said a spokeswoman for Tusla today.

“The lives of very vulnerable people are involved in such cases and children have a right to privacy. We are not in a position to confirm anything,” she said.

It is believed the extremely young age of the mother has given rise to deep concern about her well-being.

Giving birth at 14 to a second child gives rise to the understanding she may have first became pregnant at the age of 12.

The maximum sentence for statutory rape, engaging in a sexual act with a child under 17, is five years’ imprisonment and 10 years if certain aggravating circumstances are present.

Meanwhile, gardai are planning to issue a fresh appeal for information to help trace the mother of a newborn baby girl found in a plastic bag on the side of an isolated road in Rathcoole last Friday.

Tusla checked with a number of hospitals but has so far failed to establish where the infant was born.

Gardai have stressed that anyone with information has nothing to fear by coming

forward to Tusla or gardai.

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