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Three charged in US after 11-year-old gives birth in bathtub

Three relatives of an 11-year-old girl who gave birth in the bathtub of her suburban Missouri home are facing criminal charges.

Source: istock.com

An adult female and adult male are charged with child endangerment. A 17-year-old male is charged with incest as well as statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child younger than 12. 

Police started investigating after the adult male brought an infant to a hospital on 12 February. Charging documents said the baby still had the umbilical cord and placenta attached and had a body temperature of just 90 degrees.

The man initially said someone dropped the infant off on his front porch. He later explained that he was a relative. He said he did not know the girl was pregnant or that she was being sexually assaulted until she gave birth.

During questioning, the teen told police he had sex with the girl about 100 times but did not know she was pregnant, according to charging documents.

The woman, who was charged yesterday, is accused of failing to provide the girl medical care when she gave birth.

The man was charged last week and bond was set at US$10,000 cash only. Charging documents say he entered the country illegally and was previously deported.

Bail also was set at US$10,000 for the woman and US$25,000 for the teen.