A South Carolina mother allegedly took her 10-year-old daughter to an abortion clinic instead of calling police after a man raped her in their home.
The Metro reports Tony Orlanda Singleton, 37, of South Carolina, was convicted of rape Wednesday and sentenced to life in jail by a Hampton County court.
Singleton raped the girl in 2016 while she was watching cartoons at home, according to the report. He was described as an “acquaintance” of the girl’s mother. The AP reports DNA from the girl’s aborted baby matched Singleton’s.
The girl’s mother, who is not named in reports, allegedly did not call police after learning about her daughter being pregnant from rape. Instead, she allegedly drove her daughter out of state to an abortion facility where her unborn grandchild was aborted, according to the report.
WJCL 22 News reports the girl’s father was the first one who told authorities about the abuse after he learned about the abortion from the girl’s mother. The girl’s mother reportedly told him about it while they were on their way to another state for the abortion.
It is not clear if the mother is facing any charges.
Pro-life leaders expressed concerns about the abortion clinic’s role in the young girl’s protection as well.
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“So what did the abortion facility do? Why isn’t the story that they called the police? Or are they just interested in killing the baby and taking the money?” Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, asked in reaction to the news.
Pavone said Life Dynamics has done extensive research showing that abortion facilities consistently fail to report suspected rape. Their research can be found at www.ChildPredators.com.
“They care as little about protecting the mother as they do about protecting the baby,” he said.
Local authorities mourned for the young girl and the horrific abuse that she endured.
“This girl should be getting ready to go back to school, making friends, braiding her hair – things other girls her age typically are engaged in,” said prosecutor Hunter Swanson of the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.
Swanson said the girl trusted Singleton and he took advantage of her, changing her life forever.
The abortion also changed the young girl’s life and her unborn child’s forever. It destroyed her baby’s life, a second victim in the horrific crime, and may have caused physical and psychological damage to the already-traumatized girl.
At such a young age, it is unlikely that the young girl even understood what was happening, and it’s extremely unlikely that the abortion facility tried to explain it to her. The allegations against the mother also raise questions about whether the girl was pressured or forced into aborting her baby.