Crime — 21 March 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

The child told police that her stepfather had a habit of raping her; police search for man who raped another child, 12

The police are seeking a man who raped a 12-year-old girl, and, in a separate incident, arrested and charged a stepfather, 49, for carnal knowledge of a 13-year-old girl.

The stepfather was remanded today to the Belize Central Prison by the Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court until his next court appearance on Friday, May 30.

Police say that the 13-year-old told them that she had been sexually molested numerous times by her stepfather. Doctors at the Punta Gorda Hospital who examined the girl confirmed that she is 20 weeks, 6 days pregnant.

The girl, a resident of a village in Toledo, had reportedly become fed up with the frequent rapes and the sexual abuse she was enduring at the hands of her stepfather, and told her mother what was happening. Both of them then went to the police and reported the matter.

In a separate case, a 12-year-old and her mother, both of Belize City, went to the police and reported that about 8:00 Friday night, while at the home babysitting her sister’s child, a man whom the girl knew went to the house and engaged her in sexual intercourse.

The girl was taken to the doctor for examination, and at the conclusion, the doctor certified that the girl had been carnally known. Police are looking for the man who had sex with the girl.

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