Girl, 11, to keep baby after alleged rape by 61-year-old

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The family of an 11-year-old girl who became pregnant after she was allegedly raped by her stepfather's 61-year-old dad have said that they are going to continue with her pregnancy despite being offered an abortion.

The pregnancy of the child took place in Yapacani, which is a town located in the province of Ichilo, in the eastern Bolivian department of Santa Cruz.

The decision made by the young girl's family was revealed by their lawyer Giovanni Cabello local outlet Pagina Siete reported.

"This was a decision (to continue the pregnancy) expressed in the morning and it is inserted in the medical history, so that the maternity ward and all its team are proceeding according to the will expressed by the family," he said.

The girl's family has decided she will now keep the baby. Source: Getty, file.
The girl's family has decided she will now keep the baby. Source: Getty, file.

The newspaper reports that on October 21, the termination of the pregnancy of the 11-year-old girl had been accepted, but over the weekend the girl's family reportedly changed their mind and signed the consent to continue the pregnancy.

This reportedly goes against the wishes of the girl's doctors and of the judicial authorities, who had advised that the pregnancy should be terminated.

The young girl, who has not been named, was allegedly raped by her stepfather's father, who also not been named.

The suspect, 61, is in custody, local media outlet El Deber reported.

The 11-year-old and her unnamed 15-year-old sister had been living under the care of the suspect since last February, because their mother and father were working in the capital La Paz as a cook and as a bricklayer respectively.

The 11-year-old was determined to be 21 weeks pregnant after an ultrasound was performed by doctors.

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