A 24-year-old man was arrested and arraigned on a first-degree rape charge after a girl half his age gave birth to their baby at an Oklahoma hospital, police said.
On July 14, a 12-year-old girl and the alleged father of her baby, Juan Miranda-Jara, arrived at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa so the child could give birth.
“They walked in just like any other couple would — excited to deliver their newborn child,” Tulsa Police Officer Danny Bean told KOKI-TV.
Because the legal age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, doctors called authorities to the hospital. When officers showed up, the news station reported, Miranda-Jara seemed caught off guard and uncertain why they were there.
“We don’t get this kind of call every day,” Bean said. “It certainly was a surprise for everyone involved.”
According to Bean, authorities “don’t believe this is incest” but he would not elaborate to the station the nature of the relationship between the child and Miranda-Jara.
“We know there are many people in the community who are shocked by this, grossed out by this, disturbed by this, have questions, a whole range of emotions,” Bean said. “But in time, we will be able to give the community the answers they want. We just don’t have all the answers right now to give them, and we don’t want to compromise the investigation that’s still happening and really just now getting started.”
Following the investigation, KOKI-TV reported, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services will determine what will happen to the girl and her newborn, who was healthy when delivered.
The station noted the 12-year-old allegedly claimed on social media that those close to her supported her decision to raise a baby as a young mother.