HOUSTON—An 11-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated by a family member has given birth.
Authorities say the girl and her baby are physically fine and the pre-teen will be given a chance to raise the child if that’s what she and her family want.
“What happens to the newborn will depend heavily on what the family decides first,” said Sara Marie Kinney, public relations director with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “If they decide to take care of the child they will have the opportunity to do so.”
Meanwhile, the family member who is accused of repeatedly raping the young girl was in court Thursday morning. The judge tripled the 21-year-old’s bail, raising it from $50,000 to $150,000.
The charge against the suspect is "continuous sexual abuse of a child." According to court documents, beginning last summer and continuing until January of this year, the suspect would sexually assault the 11-year-old relative almost every day.
"It was continuous over a long period of time. This wasn't just one sick act," said Kinney.
Authorities say the man allegedly would wait for the girl's mother to go to work each day, then he would come over and forcibly sexually assault her.
According to court documents, the girl's mother did not realize her young daughter was pregnant until the school told her.
"The child's school suspected that she was pregnant and reached out to the family, who then acted upon the allegations," Kinney said.