Gattaran, Cagayan – A 26-year-old man recently fell into the hands of authorities after allegedly raping and impregnating his minor cousin in Gattaran, Cagayan.
The victim became pregnant and delivered a baby in October of this year.
The suspect whose name was withheld started molesting the victim in 2015 when she was still 9 years old, police accounts revealed through Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao on Wednesday, December 7.
The now 16-year-old victim was living with her grandparents back then as her parents separated and her mother is working abroad. The suspect was their neighbor.
In 2019, the suspect was said to have caressed the victim’s sensitive part and in November 2021, he managed to rape the victim.
It was in January 2022 that the incident was repeated, impregnating the minor victim.
Accordingly, the victim already told her grandparents about the incident several times but instead of believing her, they thought she was just making up her story.
It was only in March this year that the victim left her grandparents and went to live with her aunt in another barangay.
While at the residence, her aunt observed several bruises on the victim’s body, urging her to take her to the doctor, with the assumption that she was only maltreated.
It was then that the victim admitted that she was raped by her cousin, leading to her pregnancy.
The suspect now faces charges of statutory rape, 2 counts of rape, and acts of lasciviousness.
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