Pregnancy 'forced' on teenage girl
SOCIAL services in Britain missed chances to stop a mother from forcing her 14-year-old adopted daughter to impregnate herself with donor sperm.
A case review found that the local children's social services department – which cannot be named – was contacted on four occasions with concerns before the girl gave birth to a son.
The family was dealt with by an unqualified officer who did not arrange any visits to the home. The girl, who cannot be named, was told by her mother – who wanted another child in addition to the three adopted children she already had – to inseminate herself seven times over a period of two years until, aged 16, she had a baby.
Despite having a miscarriage at the age of 14, she was forced to continue trying for a baby after her mother was prevented from adopting any more children. The sperm was bought over the internet by her mother, who is now serving a five-year prison sentence after admitting child cruelty. (© Daily Telegraph, London)