Mother took 10-year-old for abortion instead of calling police after pedophile raped child and got her pregnant
The child's mother was described as an "acquaintance" of Singleton and it is not yet clear whether any charges have been brought up against the woman.
ESTILL, SOUTH CAROLINA: A 10-year-old, who was raped by a pedophile and became pregnant, was reportedly taken to an abortion clinic by her mother instead of going to the police. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Tony Orlanda Singleton, was reported only after the victim's mother told the girl's father about the abortion and he called the authorities.
Reports state that the child's father approached the police in Estill, South California, in April 2016 after the mother made the shocking revelation. Singleton was subsequently apprehended and was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. A judge, on August 8, sentenced Singleton to life in prison after reaching the guilty verdict in 51 minutes.
The child's mother was described as an "acquaintance" of Singleton and it is not yet clear whether any charges were brought against the mother in the case. The 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office said that after the victim's father got to know of the sexual assault, she told him about how Singleton came to her room in early 2016 while she was watching SpongeBob SquarePants and raped her, according to Metro.UK.
The child's pregnancy was reportedly terminated out of the state, with a DNA sample taken from the fetus, which proves that Singleton was the baby's father.
Prosecutor Hunter Swanson, addressing the court, said: "This girl should be getting ready to go back to school, making friends, braiding her hair – things other girls her age typically are engaged in instead, she’s in a courtroom, reliving a horrific ordeal. Tony Singleton is to blame for that," WJCL reported. Swanson also called 10 witnesses during the two-day trial.
"This man was someone she trusted, someone who lurked inside her home, someone who changed the fabric of his victim’s life forever," Swanson added.
Reports state that Singleton has had previous convictions for drug and traffic offenses. He has been handed a prison sentence without a prospect of parole.