THE Human Services Department of the Ministry of Health and the Vulnerable Persons Team of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force are investigating reports of a young girl from Micoud who is pregnant. THE VOICE understands that the girl is 10 years old and not 1 1 as reported elsewhere.
Documents seen by THE VOICE place the girl’s date of birth at August 7, 2005, meaning that she will be 11 in August.
Reports on the matter are not forthcoming from the police; however, sources within the Ministry of Health have confirmed that an investigation is underway.
The girls is said to be five months pregnant.
This is not the first case of pre-teen pregnancy reported in the country. St Lucia over the years has had to deal with cases of very young girls becoming mothers.
The expectant child in the current case is no longer in the environment in which she was and which led to her present condition. The VOICE has learned that she has been removed from the custody of her mother and is now in the custody of a relative.
The child’s pregnancy was brought to police attention last week by her mother who it was said expressed disbelief when the diagnosis was made.
This unexpected, yet distressing experience was said to have a sudden effect on the mother’s emotions and physical reactions.
Local laws dictate life imprisonment for persons who commit the offence of having sex with someone under 12 years.
According to the island’s Criminal Code “any person who has sexual intercourse with another person who is under the age of 12 years, whether or not the other person consented and whether or not the first mentioned person believes that the other person is 12 years of age or more, commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life”.
Reports are that a 17 year old boy is responsible for the girl’s pregnancy.