Last week I reported about 9-year-old Dafne who gave birth to a baby in a poor suburb of Guadalajara and how the original reports claimed that the father of the child was Dafne’s 17-year-old boyfriend who had run away before the child was born. He isn’t. The father of the child is actually Dafne’s stepfather, which means that my original claim that Dafne was raped is 100% correct. Dafne also isn’t 9-years-old, she is 12, which doesn’t make the story any easier to swallow. From The Daily Mail:
State prosecutors reportedly did an anthropological study of the girl, which was not described in detail, which helped them to conclude that she is between 12 and 13 years old.
Multiple sources told MailOnline that it was ‘highly likely’ that Dafne was not the age her mother claimed she was when she went into hospital with her daughter in labour.
One explanation for the ongoing saga is that her mother – who MailOnline is not naming to protect Dafne’s privacy – may have been trying to get her into school for the first time as she had not gone until now.
Another more sinister reason could have been if, as has been claimed by neighbours, the mother is a prostitute who is trying to turn Dafne into a sex worker too, a nine-year-old could command a higher fee from clients than a teenager.
The birth certificate was issued by the town hall in the municipality of Ixtlahuacan De Los Membrillos, and it shows Dafne as age nine. The family is not from the area and they originally got Dafne a birth certificate so she could attend school, which she never went to. On the birth certificate it states that Dafne’s father is also her biological father, but now the parents are disputing this information. Investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of this, and doctors are examining Dafne to determine her actual age.
It is a crime in Mexico to have sex with someone who is aged 14 or younger, so even if the father of Dafne’s child really exists, than depending on Dafne’s actual age, this may not be a crime after all.
Yes, we should discuss this “actually exists” statement, because the alleged 17-year-old boyfriend originally reported to be the father of the baby girl is still missing, and numerous reports from neighbors claim that they have never seen a man matching his description over at the house, and that everyone doubts he really exists. And local officials also confirmed that her 44-year-old stepfather is the father of the child and not her teenage boyfriend. One of the most confusing aspects of this story is that Dafne and her daughter remain at home with her mother and stepfather in the home they share with the rest of the family. I don’t understand why, under these allegations of abuse, the children haven’t been removed from the home yet.
I’m sure this investigation will continue, and what a horrible story it is.