Man impregnates stepdaughter and takes her mother on road trip so she doesn’t learn of the rapeBy Mason White 2:27 PM April 12, 2015
|Jondrew Lachaux and Kellie Phillips|
By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after he impregnated his stepdaughter and then took her mother away so that she doesn’t learn of the rape.
39-year-old Jondrew Lachaux of Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of impregnating his 17-year-old stepdaughter.
He then abandoned the girl, who gave birth alone at home.
Lachaux is married to the mother of the teenager, 38-year-old Kellie Phillips. The couple has 6 children together, while the teenager is from another relationship.
Lachaux allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager and she became pregnant.
Lachaux then decided to take Phillips on a road trip in California, for more than six months. They rented a vehicle that does not have enough space for the whole family so they left the pregnant teenager home with her 3-year-old sister.
Police said that the couple left the teenager with food and medicine for the 3-year-old girl, who had breathing trouble.
While they couple was away, the teenager gave birth in her mother’s bed.
She did not get medical help and she did not take the newborn to the hospital.
Police said that the teenager ran out of food and began to suffer from malnutrition along with her baby and 3-year-old sister.
Sadly, a short time later, the teen’s 3-year-old sister died in her care. The cause of death is under investigation.
When Lachaux came home, he kicked his stepdaughter out of the home and booked her and her baby into a motel. Someone spotted the teenager with her baby wandering close to an airport and called police.
Her mother did not know that she had given birth.
Lachaux faces three counts of child abuse with substantial bodily harm or death, and one count of destroying or concealing evidence. His bail was set at $1 million.
Phillips, who surrendered to police, faces two counts of child abuse with substantial bodily harm or death, for leaving her 3-year-old daughter in the care of a minor over a long period of time.
The couple’s 5 children, aged between 1 and 9 years old, are now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
The 17-year-old girl might face charges of child abuse with substantial bodily harm or death and one count of destroying or concealing evidence.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson is unsure if charging the 17-year-old girl is the right way to go. “She’s a juvenile. Does she need services? Does she need treatment by the juvenile system? Or should she be punished for her actions?” Wolfson said.