From the Cincinnati Enquirer: The baby's birth at University Hospital on Nov. 4 was routine.What wasn't routine was the fact that the infant's mother was just 10 at the time, impregnated by her mother's boyfriend.Now, social workers are trying to figure out how to unravel the mess involving one of the youngest children ever to give birth in Greater Cincinnati.
Prosecutors were in court Wednesday to discuss what to do with both children, the newborn and her now 11-year-old mom.The court session in Hamilton County Dependency Court on Wednesday was primarily a status session on how the baby and young mother are doing.At the same time, Lockland police were in Columbus talking to a convict whose DNA shows he's the baby girl's father.
Michael Chaffer, 40, is accused of impregnating his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter, according to Hamilton County prosecutors.The baby's birth set off an investigation by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services and stunned social workers because the baby's mother is so young.The baby has been taken from her mother and put in a foster home while the mother is now being taken care of by a relative. Her mother is not allowed to see the baby and can only see her daughter when supervised by social workers.
Lawyers jammed the courtroom Wednesday, representing the prosecutor's office and three generations of the family.Authorities became aware of the birth after the girl, now 11, delivered the baby at University Hospital. Hospital officials notified JFS because the mother was so young.The girl and the infant were allowed to remain in the mother's home while JFS investigated the case.As JFS investigated, several relatives of the girl contacted the agency saying Chaffer sexually abused the girl for a "period of time."
The girl's mother was warned not to let any adult men in her Lockland home while caseworkers tried to track down the infant's father.Prosecutors say the girl's mother ignored that order, and when a caseworker made a surprise visit to her Lockland home Jan. 4, they found Chaffer.Two other men were eliminated as the baby's father before Chaffer's DNA was tested.Paternity was not determined until Wednesday morning.
Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Lee Slocum said Chaffer faces criminal charges for impregnating and sexually molesting a girl under the age of 13. Lockland Police Chief James Toles said two officers were interviewing Chaffer on Wednesday in a Columbus prison, where he is serving a one-year sentence on an unrelated charge.Sex with a child under 13 is considered statutory rape, a crime punishable with a life prison term.The 11-year-old girl's mother is also under investigation, Slocum said, for allowing her daughter to be abused.
Job and Family Services workers can't remember a case in which a girl so young gave birth."Unfortunately, sexual abuse is pretty common in the cases we see," said JFS Director Moira Weir. "But it is highly unusual and extremely sad to see a case where a 10-year-old becomes pregnant. Read On