Kansas man impregnates 10-year-old whose mother allowed him to 'take turns' with her and her daughter for years
Police was informed of the incident by a mid-wife who visited the girl’s home to discuss the birth plan
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS: A 51-year-old man has been arrested for impregnating a minor girl after her mother allegedly allowed him to ‘take turns’ with her and her daughter for years. Ronald Dejohnette Jr has been taken into custody as he faces three charges, including rape of a child under the age of 14, aggravated indecent liberties, and aggravated criminal sodomy.
According to reports, the police were alerted about the crime by a mid-wife when she visited the girl’s home to discuss the birth plan and discovered the girl was just ten-year-old. The child is reportedly in her third trimester and had not received medical care during the length of her pregnancy.
As per an affidavit filed in support of Dejohnette’s arrest, the girl’s mother, whose identity has not been disclosed, may have allowed the abuse to happen for years. However, she has not been charged yet.
The affidavit revealed that the girl told investigators that when she was seven-year-old old, her mother had a “discussion” with Dejohnette of which she was also the part. At the time, a decision was made to start a sexual relationship with Dejohnette. The child said that after the discussion, she and her mother took turns to sleep with the accused. She also told detectives that in 2018, Dejohnette asked her to “bear his children”.
During the initial questioning, the girl had claimed that she was not certain whether she was raped or not by the man. However, later she confessed that she lied because she feared Dejohnette would be sent to jail, court report said.
Meanwhile, when Dejohnette was interrogated about the girl’s pregnancy he allegedly told officials that he believed the girl was impregnated by another 10-year-old who used to go to school with her. However, police sources said that the victim was not going to school for the last two years, she was taught at home only, and had not been allowed to go outside her home after the first trimester of her pregnancy since her baby bump was visible.
Dejohnette is currently held at a $500,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing in June.
In a similar kind of case, a 34-year-old Indiana man was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl on multiple occasions and impregnating her. Nicholas Deon Thrash was sentenced to a total of 160 years in prison after he was found guilty of 10 counts of child molestation during his jury trial in August 2019.
Thrash from Marion was known to the victim's family as the child’s grandmother said he was someone whom they trusted. The girl told to a Department of Child Services worker that she had been molested repeatedly by Thrash as she got pregnant during one of the assaults.
During the proceedings, Thrash did not deny that he was the father of the minor's child, who was delivered in September 2017 when she was just 11-years-old. However, he blamed the girl’s mother, who was his girlfriend and accused her of using his sperm to impregnate her daughter.