Mom Forced Daughter, 14, to Impregnate Herself
Woman wanted another baby, but was barred from adopting
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A mother who was barred from adopting more children found a criminal way to increase her brood: She forced her 14-year-old daughter to start inseminating herself with donor sperm the mother bought on the Internet. The girl, a virgin, is thought to have miscarried at 14, and ended up giving birth at age 16 after inseminating herself seven times, the Guardian reports. The disturbing details are included in a recently opened court judgment; the mother, who NBC News reports is an American living in the UK, is serving five years in prison.

The unnamed mother did not want to give birth due to a health problem, so she adopted her three children from abroad when they were infants, two of them while married and one after she divorced. She was attempting to adopt a fourth child when she was denied and came up with the plot involving her daughter. Midwives who delivered the baby became suspicious when the mother tried to keep her daughter from breastfeeding the new baby ("we don't want any of that attachment thing," she reportedly said), and called in child protection workers when the mother tried to take the baby away from her daughter. The girl later told investigators she didn't want to participate in her mom's scheme, but thought that "if I do this … maybe she will love me more."

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okaragozian
Apr 30, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
Prime candidate for mental treatment which can not be forced on anyone unless they are a danger to themselves or others.
mommy_of_samhain
Apr 30, 2013 12:25 AM CDT
My gosh, what a sick-o. That woman should never see the light of day.
lvan
Apr 29, 2013 11:38 PM CDT
I'd like to know where she adopted her kids from. What ever background checks ware done is not enough. Instead of banning people from adapting there should be more thorough checks and unannounced visits to check on welfare of a child. Divorce should have been a strong factor.