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11-year-old girl gives birth to healthy baby after being raped by her stepfather

By Mason White 2:06 PM August 14, 2015
11-year-old girl holding her newborn baby 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A couple was arrested after an 11-year-old girl gave birth to a healthy baby girl following an incident in which she was raped by her stepfather, police in Paraguay said.

Asuncion police said that the child gave birth on Thursday.

The newborn girl weighed eight pounds. The girl had been under police surveillance out of fear that she might have an abortion.

Abortion is illegal except when the mother’s life is at risk and doctors determined that the 11-year-old girl’s life was not at risk.

The unidentified girl was 37 weeks pregnant when she gave birth by caesarean section. The girl was 10 years old, 4 feet and 6 inches tall and weighed 75 pounds before becoming pregnant.

The girl conceived after being raped by her own stepfather.

42-year-old Gilberto Benitez Zarate was arrested on a charge of rape. He denied the allegation and is demanding a DNA test to prove his innocence.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The mother of the child has been charged with criminal negligence. The 11-year-old girl’s grandmother has requested custody of the baby.