The mother of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and impregnated by an illegal immigrant has denied the charges, despite the suspect admitting to the crime.
The woman, who declined to be identified, claims her daughter is ‘fine’ after being forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion.
The procedure was banned in their home state due to the so-called heartbeat bill, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Gerson Fuentes, 27, of Guatemala, admitted to raping the little girl, however her mother claims ‘everything they say against him is a lie.’
Fuentes appeared in court on Wednesday in Columbus where he faces a charge of first-degree rape of a child under 13. His bail was set at $2 million.
The mother (pictured hiding behind her front door) of a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped and impregnated by an illegal immigrant has pleaded not guilty to charges against Gerson Fuentes (not pictured). She claims her daughter is ‘beautiful’ and Fuentes is the subject of the ‘lie’
Telemundo reporter María Vargas-Pion visited the Columbus residence where a 10-year-old rape victim and her mother allegedly live on Wednesday.
A woman claiming to be the girl’s mother hid behind her front door as she defended Fuentes.
‘Did the girl live here too?’ Vargas-Pion asked.
The woman, speaking in Spanish, replied: ‘Yes, but he is fine. Everything they say against him is a lie.’
‘And the child – are you related to him or his mother?’ the author investigated.
‘She is my daughter,’ the mother replied.
The woman reportedly said she has not pressed charges against Fuentes – although he was charged with rape after he admitted to ‘vaginal contact’ with the girl at least twice.
The girl recently celebrated her tenth birthday, leaving investigators to suspect she was only nine when she was raped and later became pregnant.
Rape suspect Gerson Fuentes, 27, appears at Wednesday’s hearing via video link. He is accused of raping a 10-year-old girl who had to cross state borders for an abortion
Police were made aware of the girl’s pregnancy through a referral to Franklin County Children’s Services that had been made by her mother on June 22.
She had a medical abortion in Indianapolis on June 30.
Columbus Police Detective Jeffrey Huhn, who testified in Fuentes’ trial Wednesday, claims the girl named the Guatemalan resident as her attacker and the father of her child.
He also testified that DNA evidence collected from a clinic in Indianapolis will be tested against samples taken from Fuentes, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Officials are also testing DNA collected from the child’s siblings to confirm who gave birth to the fetus.
The case has been under investigation by Ohio officials, particularly Attorney General Dave Yost, since it made national headlines earlier this month.
The Indianapolis Star, an Indiana publication, reported on July 1 that a young girl had to cross state lines to receive an abortion because she was denied one in Ohio.
Yost, during a Fox News interview on Monday, claimed there was no ‘biological evidence’ for the story, and that he had not heard ‘whispers anywhere’ about the little girl.
Additionally, an Indiana Department of Health filing obtained by Fox on Thursday, revealed that Indianapolis physician Dr. Caitlin Bernard reported the girl’s allegations that the rapist was about 17 years old.
In court, a detective (not pictured) testified that the victim in the case had to travel to Indiana to have an abortion following Dobbs’ decision.
AG Dave Yost Yost claimed in an interview Monday there is no ‘biological evidence’ for the story, and that he has not heard ‘whispers anywhere’ about the little girl.
In his statement on Wednesday, Yost quickly took a different view on the case
The baby was six weeks and three days pregnant when she sought an abortion in Indiana, Bernard told The Indianapolis Star.
He claimed that the girl was only three days ineligible to receive an abortion in her home state because of the state’s new ban on abortion for the first ‘fetal heartbeat.’
The ban was passed shortly after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed the right to abortion in the United States. Ohio’s pulse bill does not discriminate against rape or sexual intercourse.
According to court records, a report was made on June 22 by the Columbus Police Department for the rape of the girl. Roe was overturned two days later on June 24.
On July 6, the victim identified Fuentes to authorities as the victim.
A week later, Fuentes was served with a search warrant for a saliva sample and taken into custody where he admitted to raping the victim multiple times.
Gerson Fuentes, 27, (pictured) was arrested on July 12 and has been charged with one count of rape after police say he confessed to raping the child on two separate occasions.
Fuentes was arraigned Wednesday and was given a $2 million bond. He is currently in the Franklin County Jail.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Ebner said the case did not allow Fuentes — who is believed to be undocumented — to be held without bail, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
But Ebner said the high bond was necessary due to Fuentes being a potential flight risk and for the safety of the children involved.
Yost, skeptical of the case, told Fox on Monday: ‘My office runs the state’s crime lab. In any case like this, you would have rape equipment, you would have biological evidence, and you would be looking for DNA analysis.
“There is no request for an analysis case that looks like this,” he added.
The AG also noted that ‘Ohio’s heartbeat law contains a medical exception, which is broader than just the life of the mother.’
“This little girl, if she exists and if this horrible thing happened to her — it breaks my heart to think about it — she didn’t have to leave Ohio for treatment,” he explained.
Following the news of Fuentes’ arrest, the AG’s office released a statement, reading in part: ‘My heart aches for the pain this little boy went through.
‘I am grateful for the hard work of the Columbus Police Department in getting a confession and getting the rapist off the street.
“Justice must be served and BCI stands ready to help law enforcement across Ohio put these criminals behind bars.”
The Attorney General of Indiana, Todd Rokita (left) says an investigation has been initiated regarding Dr. Caitlin Bernard (right). She performed an abortion on an anonymous 10-year-old rape victim whose story made headlines when she was forced to travel from her home state to Indiana.
Ohio is one of the many states set to pass the law, which would ban abortions at six weeks. Also in the state of Ohio, doctors are mandated to report child abuse
Meanwhile, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita has vowed to investigate Dr. Bernard about the abortion, claiming he questioned whether he followed a Hoosier State law requiring all abortions to be reported to authorities.
Appearing on Fox News on Wednesday, Rokita called obstetrician Bernard an ‘abortion activist working as a doctor’ who she claims has a history of failing to report abortions.
“We’re gathering evidence as we speak, and we’re going to fight this to the end, including checking his license if he fails to report. And in Indiana it’s a crime … to intentionally fail to report,” AG Rokita said on Fox News Wednesday.
‘This is a child, and there is a great public interest to understand if someone under the age of 16 or under the age of 18 or indeed any woman is having an abortion in our state. And then if a child is being sexually abused, of course the parents need to know. The authorities need to know. Public policy experts need to know.’
Dr. Bernard has yet to respond to the AG’s remarks, but tweeted earlier Wednesday:
“My heart breaks for all victims of sexual abuse and violence. I am so sorry that our country is failing them when they need us the most. Doctors must be able to provide people with the medical care they need, when and where they need it.’