Girl who was gang-raped when she was 11 expecting a baby aged 14
A girl who was just 11 when she was raped by 20 men three years ago has revealed that she is now seven months pregnant at the age of 14.
The teenager says the baby's father is her 15-year-old boyfriend and that they plan to keep the child.
The shocking crime in 2010 gained national attention in the US. Police began an investigation after the girl's classmate told a teacher he had seen cellphone video of men having sex with her.
Prosecutors say the girl was sexually assaulted on at least five occasions by 20 men and boys in the Southeast Texas town of Cleveland, about 45 miles northeast of Houston.
After investigators learned of the horrific assault, the girl was moved to foster care but ran away from her group home in Beaumont, Texas in December 2011 and was the victim of another sexual assault while she was living on the streets.
In August 2012, she returned to Houston to be with her family. She now lives with her mother, brother and sisters.
Her mother, Maria, told KHOU-TV that she was upset when she learned the girl was pregnant but she has come to terms with it.
"I think it's pretty common that sometimes girls, when that happens to them, they try to find the comfort in someone else, like they want to feel loved," she said.
The victim, who has not been identified, said she feels nervous about the upcoming arrival of her child. She also said she hopes that people won't judge her for having a child out of wedlock.
The young girl's boyfriend isn't facing any charges because under Texas law, when two minors close in age have consensual sex it is not considered statutory rape.
Most of the rape suspects have pleaded guilty, or have been convicted.