A mother of three children forced her 14-year-old adopted daughter to become pregnant by using donor sperm she ordered from the Internet, according to The Guardian. The mother bought the donor sperm for her daughter and requested the daughter deliver her a fourth child.
A judge in a family division described the situation as “wicked and selfish,” according to The Guardian. The mother wanted the adopted daughter to provide her with another child because the mother could not adopt more children.
The mother had three adopted children, but she wanted another child. The daughter started inseminating herself at age 14. The mother asked the daughter to conceive and she gave birth at age 16 after a miscarriage.
The daughter was adopted by the mother and feared what would happen if she did not comply with the mother’s request. The mother wanted another baby because she was prevented from adopting more children, and could not have children of her own. The adopted daughter was a virgin. At 14, she is believed to have miscarried. She delivered a newborn at 16 after inseminating herself with sperm.
A court judgment reveals details of the events, but the news did not name the child or her mother or the grandchild. The case raises issues on international adoptions. The mother is serving a five-year prison sentence after admitting she was cruel to a child.
The mother had adopted three children when they were babies from abroad. The adoptions occurred outside the United States, twice when the mother was married and once when she became a single parent after her divorce. She could not give birth herself because of a health condition. She had difficulty dealing with not being able to adopt a fourth child.
The truth about the daughter getting pregnant for the mother was discovered at the birth by midwives. Midwives became aware when the mother appeared “pushy and insensitive,” according to The Guardian. The mother attempted to keep her daughter from breastfeeding the baby. It seemed she did not want the daughter to get attached to the child because she likely wanted the child to be hers. The midwives got the attention of child protection staff when the mother tried to remove the newborn from the ward.
The mother schooled her children at home, and the news reported she appeared to love her children and they got along with her. The former husband who was part of the adoption of two of the children was excluded. He did not know where his adopted children lived and had not visited them for 10 years.
The Guardian reported that the daughter “allowed her body to be used by her mother because she loves her.” The daughter told the press she was not “brave enough” to not follow her mother’s instructions.