Desiree Castenada: Mom arrested after hosting baby shower for daughter, 12, and her rapist
TULSA, OKLAHOMA: A woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was arrested after her 12-year-old daughter got pregnant and her family welcomed the minor girl's 24-year-old rapist to a baby shower. The young girl gave birth to a child on July 14, 2021. Officials from Tulsa Police Department revealed that the mother, Desiree Castaneda, was aware of the adult man being in a "relationship" with her daughter and she permitted the same.
"The family permitted the relationship, and there are photos of the family throwing a baby shower for the victim and the suspect,” the police department informed in a statement via Facebook. The victim was reportedly sexually assaulted by 24-year-old Juan Miranda-Jara, who even accompanied her to the hospital at the time of the delivery. He was arrested on July 14 from the hospital while the victim was in labor and later slapped with charges of first-degree rape of a minor. He was reportedly surprised during his arrest.
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Who is Desiree Castenada?
The victim's mother Desiree Castenada has been charged with enabling child sex abuse and negligence. Reportedly, she allowed and encouraged the 'relationship' between the victim and the rapist and even threw a baby shower for the 'couple'. Despite the criminal aspects of the relationship, Castenada never reported Juan Miranda-Jara to the police. Meanwhile, the victim's father is currently serving a 12-year imprisonment sentence in another case of first-degree rape.
When the police showed up at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa to arrest Juan Miranda-Jara, he was visibly surprised and "acted a bit unsure as to why police were even getting involved". In fact, he had even posted about his relationship with the minor girl on Facebook, including photos of him and the victim at the baby shower hosted by Castenada. According to FOX23, he admitted being the father of the unborn child after being questioned by the police.
Police officer Danny Bean said, "They walked in just like any other couple would; excited to deliver their newborn child. We don’t get this kind of call every day. It certainly was a surprise for everyone involved.”