How cruel is it to be assaulted by one’s father? And what’s worse? The victim ended up being pregnant as a result of the assault. The stepmother then took the victim, 11 years old, at that time, to the hospital to abort the baby.
Was pregnant within three months of moving in
The victim, who is only identified as Jane Doe, is now 21 years old, and she is not backing down now. The young lady is suing West Virginia health officials for failing to protect her from her father.
Her identity is not being revealed due to privacy reasons. She has claimed that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources failed in protecting her. The department had removed the victim from foster care and placed her with her biological father at his residence.
She filed her lawsuit this Monday, which had listed evidence that the agency was aware of her father’s history of abuse. She was placed in her father’s home in the year 2010. Additionally, the agency allegedly did nothing after they received reports about the father sexually abusing the child.
A news report covered what happened after she moved in with her father. She was pregnant with her father’s child after three months of moving in.
State workers had left the victim with her father for two years, during which she was removed only once. That too was only for two months.
The victim had revealed the pregnancy to a therapist. Following this, the father told the police that there was “a chance” sex had taken place between them.
Investigation to be conducted
The agency knew about abortion, as well. The stepmother had taken her to get an abortion to “destroy criminal evidence against the father.” However, it is unclear as to whether the girl was forced or pressured into having an abortion. Three years after the incident, the victim’s father was arrested on a charge of incest. According to the report, he ended up accepting a plea deal of five years on probation.
The victim’s attorney has said that her client decided to come forward after living “under threats and intimidation for years.” Agency officials have said that an internal investigation will be conducted due to the allegations.