The mother of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and pregnant by an illegal immigrant has denied the charges even as the suspect admitted to the crime.
The woman, who declined to be identified, claims her daughter is ‘fine’ after being forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion.
The procedure was blocked in their home state because of the so-called heartbeat bill, which would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Gerson Fuentes, 27, from Guatemala, admitted to raping the girl, but her mother alleged, ‘everything they said against her was a lie.’
Fuentes was arraigned Wednesday in Columbus where he faces charges of first-degree rape of a girl under the age of 13. His bail was set at $2 million.
The mother of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and impregnated by an illegal immigrant (pictured hiding behind her front door) has denied charges against Gerson Fuentes (not pictured). She claims her daughter is ‘good’ and that Fuentes is the subject of ‘lies’
Telemundo reporter Maria Vargas-Pione visited the Columbus residence where the 10-year-old rape victim and her mother reportedly live Wednesday.
A woman who claimed to be the girl’s mother hid behind Fuentes’ front door while he protected her.
‘Did the girl also live here?’ Vargas-Peon asked.
The woman replied, speaking in Spanish: ‘Yes, but she’s fine. Everything they say against him is a lie.’
‘And the child – are you related to her mother or mother?’ Journalists investigated.
‘She is my daughter,’ replied the mother.
Although he was charged with rape after he admitted to having ‘vaginal contact’ with the girl at least twice, the woman reportedly said she had not filed any charges against Fuentes.
The girl recently celebrated her tenth birthday, leaving investigators to suspect she was only nine years old when she was raped and later pregnant.
Gerson Fuentes, 27, appeared via video link at Wednesday’s arraignment on rape charges. He is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl who had to cross state lines for an abortion
Police were informed of the girl’s pregnancy through a referral by Franklin County Children’s Services that her mother made on June 22.
She had a medical abortion in Indianapolis on June 30.
Columbus Police Detective Jeffrey Hun, who testified at Fuentes’ arraignment Wednesday, said the girl claimed the Guatemalan native as her attacker and the father of her child.
He also testified that DNA evidence collected from a clinic in Indianapolis would be tested against samples taken from Fuentes, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
Authorities are also testing DNA collected from the baby’s siblings to confirm who fathered the fetus.
The case has been under scrutiny by Ohio officials, particularly Attorney General Dave Yost, since it first made national headlines earlier this month.
The Indianapolis Star, an Indiana-based publication, reported on July 1 that a little girl had to cross state lines in Ohio because she was denied an abortion.
Yost, in a Fox News interview on Monday, claimed there was no ‘biological proof’ of the story, and that he had heard ‘no whispers anywhere’ about the little girl.
Additionally, Indiana Department of Health filings obtained by Fox on Thursday indicate that Indianapolis physician Dr. Caitlin Barnard said the girl’s rapist was about 17 years old.
In court, a detective (not pictured) testified that the victim in the case was forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion after the Dobbs decision.
Ohio AG Dave Yost Yost claimed in an interview Monday that there was no “biological evidence” for the story and that he had heard “no whispers anywhere” about the little girl.
In a statement Wednesday, Yost quickly took a different tack on the issue
The baby was six weeks and three days pregnant when she sought the abortion in Indiana, Barnard told The Indianapolis Star.
She claimed the girl was ineligible to have an abortion in her home state at just three days because the state banned abortions at the first detectable ‘fetal heartbeat’.
The ban was enacted shortly after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which guaranteed abortion rights in America. The Ohio Heartbeat Bill has no exceptions for rape or adultery.
According to court records, the girl’s rape was reported to the Columbus Division of Police on June 22. Roe was overturned two days later on June 24.
On July 6, the victim identified Fuentes as the rapist to authorities.
A week later, Fuentes was served a search warrant for a saliva sample and taken into custody where he admitted to raping the victim several times.
Gerson Fuentes, 27, was arrested on July 12 and charged with one count of rape after police admitted to raping the girl on two separate occasions.
Fuentes appeared in court Wednesday and was set on $2 million bail. He is currently in the Franklin County Jail.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner said the case does not warrant Fuentes — who is believed to be undocumented — reported the Columbus Dispatch.
But Ebner said the higher bond was necessary for Fuentes’ potential flight risk and the safety of the children involved.
Yost, a suspect in the case, told Fox on Monday: ‘My office runs the state crime lab. Any case like this, you’re going to get a rape kit, you’re going to get biological evidence, and you’re going to get DNA analysis.
‘There is no case request for analysis that looks like this,’ he added.
The AG also noted that ‘Ohio’s heartbeat law has a medical exception, which is broader than the life of the mother.’
‘If this young woman, if she existed and if this horrible thing happened to her – it breaks my heart to think about it – she would not have had to leave Ohio to seek treatment,’ he explained.
Following the news of Fuentes’ arrest, the AG’s office released a statement, which read in part: ‘My heart aches for the pain this little child is going through.
‘I am grateful for the diligent work of the Columbus Police Department in getting the rapist off the street and confessing.
“Justice must be served and BCI stands ready to support law enforcement in Ohio by putting these criminals behind bars.”
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (left) says Dr. An investigation has been launched into Caitlin Barnard (right). She aborted an unnamed 10-year-old rape victim whose story made headlines when she was forced to travel from her home state to Indiana.
Ohio is one of several states set to implement the law, which would limit abortions at six weeks. Even in the state of Ohio, doctors are mandated to report abuse of minors
Meanwhile, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said Dr. about abortion. Barnard has vowed to investigate, claiming she is required to report all abortion authorities to see if she followed the Hoosier state’s law.
Appearing on Fox News Wednesday, Rokita called Barnard, an obstetrician-gynecologist, an “abortion activist masquerading as a doctor” who has a history of failing to report alleged abortions.
‘We are gathering evidence as we speak, and if she fails to report, we will fight this to the end by looking at her licence. And it’s a crime in Indiana to … willfully not report,” AG Rokita said on Fox News on Wednesday.
‘It’s a child, and there’s a strong public interest in understanding if a woman under 16 or under 18 or indeed a woman is having an abortion in our state. And then if a child is being sexually abused, of course the parents need to know. The authority should know. Public policy experts need to know.’
Dr. Barnard has yet to respond to AG’s comments, but tweeted earlier Wednesday:
‘My heart breaks for all survivors of sexual assault and abuse. I am so sad that our country is failing them when they need us the most. Doctors should be able to give people the medical care they need, when and where they need it.’