Mary Francis dubs child pregnancy case ‘outrageous’

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Mary Francis dubs child pregnancy case ‘outrageous’
Human Rights Activist and Attorney-at-Law Mary Francis.
Human Rights Activist and Attorney-at-Law Mary Francis.
Human Rights Activist and Attorney-at-Law Mary Francis.

Human Rights Activist and Attorney-at-Law, Mary Francis, has described the case involving an 11-year-old girl being pregnant, as ‘outrageous,’ calling for a full investigation.

Francis told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Friday that the 11-year-old may not have developed enough for child bearing and that is another issue that has to be looked at carefully.

The attorney said the fact that the child still have to attend school and deal with all the emotional stress is upsetting for her, because a child her age should not have to go through that.

“It is a problem we have to address in our communities. We have to focus on the men, so that they can get the help that is required,” Francis remarked.

The Micoud 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 boy could face criminal charges.

The matter is being investigated by the police.

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  1. Does the justice st lucian justice system consider a seventeen year old an adult? just asking.

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  2. Andrea say what!! He should still be charged for sleeping with an 11 year old . He committed a crime . Whether he is the dad or not is not the ooint she is a child under aged and he admitted to sexual intercourse with her . Let me just repeat myself IT IS A CRIME

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  3. Andrea he should still be charged he admitted to having sec with her its a crime whether he is the father or not doesnt mean he shouldnt be charged he raped her

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  4. Very outrageous indeed. How come no one saw this coming ? Predators are preying 24/7 on this island . The youth's choice of music, style of dancing and dressing , lack of education, foreign cultural influences, the social media, poverty , self-centeredness , young and naïve parents and the publics' don't give a damn attitude are all contributors to this kid's demise.

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  5. Well the child shouldn't be having sex at that age, and the boy hmm is stupid but the fact is they had a relationship which no one broke up before it got to that stage, this kinda offences is life time imprisonment and I don't think he should be jailed so long yes he should be punished for sleeping with her but maybe a minimum sentence 2-3 years or on some probation thingy because they're still young u can't jail somebody all his life for one mmistake but let the authority decide they both need counseling and support sad tho only 11 and u have a baby that can be one of your siblings crying on your shoulders

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    • Correction the child was not having sex she was being abused and there was no relationship, good thing she's in the hands of social services they will get the full story. I pray to God the do cause the child is the victim in all of this.

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    • Correction the child was not having sex she was being abused and there was no relationship, good thing she's in the hands of social services they will get the full story. I pray to God the do cause the child is the victim in all of this.

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  6. I just can't understand how some folks believe this poor child can continue going to school while being in such a stressful and emotionally disturbing predicament. Before resuming any form of schooling this poor child must go through professional counselling .

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    • We have to focus on the men, so that they can get the help that is required,” Francis remarked.
      Help for the men- what about the pre adolescent child and her fetus Mary?

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    • I wonder WHY!!!??? Could it be of past ADVERSE comments about her OR maybe She wants to be the Front Runner for that Job at The University of the West Indies for Human Rights. Has she really changed her Spots!!??

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  7. Do not charge the boy until a DNA test has been conducted and he is proven to be the biological father of the 11 year old child's baby.

    If he is the father, then he should receive a lawful penalty, and the necessary help that can help him to grow emotionally and in every other way.

    As a society, we need to educate, elevate and uplift all of our people. ALL. This child should be allowed to continue her education without ridicule, and her school community {classmates and staff} should view this situation as a teaching point and not as anything else.

    I can hear some of the teachers now. OUI FAM? The guidance counselor at the school should be a broker between this family and the school community, to help guide this situation.

    This child and her family will need all the support needed to rally around them so that a possible positive outcome can be derived from this unfortunate situation.

    This does not have to be the end of the world for either of these children. This boy is also a victim in the situation {if he is the father}, because anyone who has been reared with the foundation of the basic values and moral support of a family, or the school system, would not have sexual intercourse with an 11 year old. This is a travesty for both families. Very Sad.

    Andrea W.

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    • as long as he slept with her he should be charged along with any other of the men in the community who allegedly raped her. disgusting

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    • What poop I reading deh....the 17 yr old should be charged for carnal knowledge and impregnating a minor and no test should not be taken and if there are more just like him they should be given the same charges make and example out of them nonsense. This is not a 11yr old or 13yr old boy we speaking about. This is a griwn ass man who no longer attends secondary school.....chpz really pissed

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