The Human Services Department has confirmed the case involving an 11-year-old girl from Micoud being five months pregnant to be true.
Director of Human Services, Elizabeth Lewis, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Thursday, not only has her department received the report, but the matter is now being handled by her staff.
“We are handling the matter. At this point I prefer not to say much, just to say that we are aware of the case and we are dealing with it. We don’t want to say too much at this time,” she explained.
Since the incident occurred in the Micoud South constituency, this publication made contact with the Parliamentary Representative, Arsene James, who expressed shock, but said he was unaware of the case.
James said, “I haven’t heard of it. Nobody mentioned it to me. It sounds very strange…11-year-old? That is something that you do not often hear about. You would hear about a 15-year-old and 16-year-old, but 11?”
The child, who is a grade six student, was confirmed pregnant on Monday, following a visit to the hospital.
It is alleged that a 17-year-old boy who lives in the same community, allegedly had sex with her and may be the person responsible for her pregnancy.
The matter is also being investigated by the police.