by Steven Ertelt
May 26, 2005
West Palm Beach, FL (LifeNews.com) — Authorities are looking into a teen’s abortion in another case of an abortion facility performing an abortion on a teenager who has been raped. In this case, officials believe the teen’s mother took her to the abortion facility to cover up incest.
Police detectives had wanted to perform a paternity test on the unborn child as part of their incest investigation. However, the teen’s 33 year-old mom took her to a Broward County abortion business without notifying them.
The mother did not tell the abortion facility about the incest and she is now charged with evidence tampering.
"She was protecting her daughter and her husband, thinking we would not have any evidence and would not be able to pursue it," sheriff’s spokesman Paul Miller told AP.
Her attorney, Jack Fleischman, told the Associated Press he questions whether the woman can be charged because police did not have a court order for the paternity test.
"I don’t think the mother under those circumstances is required to cooperate with police," he said.
The girl’s 40 year-old stepfather is facing charges of sexual battery and he and the girl’s mother are free on bond, AP reported. The state attorney’s office will determine whether the charges should be pursued now.
The state of Florida has taken the teen and her sister into custody.
The girl claimed her stepfather impregnated her late last year and she told officials he had another sexual encounter with her in April.