In a desperate attempt to have another child, an American woman living in the UK forced her adopted teenage daughter to conceive a baby using sperm purchased over the Internet.
The girl, who is a virgin, first became pregnant at the age of 14 and miscarried before giving birth to a child at the age of 16.
Details of the shocking case appeared in court documents that were released this week by a British court. The woman in question is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for child cruelty.
Apparently, the mother came up with the insemination plan when her oldest daughter was 13, after her attempt to adopt another child was denied approval. In addition to the victim, the woman has two younger adopted daughters.
She forged the paperwork to purchase the donor sperm and coerced her daughter into inseminating herself. According to court documents, the girl was too scared to refuse her “domineering” mother.
Perhaps even more heartbreaking:
“The daughter, who had no friends of her own age, later told investigators she was ‘shocked, pretty shocked’ when her mother first asked her but also thought, ‘if I do this … maybe she will love me more,'” according to the Guardian.
Hospital staff was originally told that the baby was the result of a one-night stand. The girl told her midwives that the boy abandoned her and she wanted her mother to bring up the child.
But nurses became suspicious when the teenager seemed reluctant to give up her baby as well as the woman’s aggressive behavior in making sure the infant didn’t bond with her daughter.
“”We don’t want any of that attachment thing,” the mother said when breastfeeding was suggested. “Is there much point to that, I will be the one giving him the bottle.”
During the trial, family division judge Peter Jackson described “an abiding sense of disbelief that a parent could behave in such a wicked and selfish way towards a vulnerable child.”
This story just makes us feel so sick and sad. How could a mother ever do something like this to her own daughter?