New twist after girl, 11, falls pregnant following alleged rape by 61-year-old

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An 11-year-old girl who got pregnant after allegedly being repeatedly raped by her stepfather's 61-year-old dad has undergone an abortion after her mum initially refused the procedure.

The young child was allegedly impregnated by the 61-year-old in Yapacani, which is a town located in the province of Ichilo, in the eastern Bolivian department of Santa Cruz.

The 11-year-old had initially been set to have an abortion, local media outlet Pagina Siete reported on October 21, but at the last moment, the girl's mother changed her mind and said the pregnancy would continue.

A Google Maps image of Yapacani, Bolivia, where an 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 61-year-old.
An 11-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her stepfather's 61-year-old dad in Yapacani, Bolivia. Source: Google Maps via Newsflash/Australscope

The child's mother was contacted by a Catholic organisation and pressured her not to go through with the operation, according to local media outlet Debate.

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

But several weeks after cancelling the abortion, the girl's mother once again changed her mind and her daughter underwent the operation, Debate reported on Monday.

It is not clear why she changed her mind.

Pictured is Giovanni Cabello, who is the Bolivian girl's lawyer.
Giovanni Cabello, who is the little girl's lawyer, speaks to media. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

11-year-old and teen sister living under care of suspect

The abortion was carried out on Monday and the girl was last reported to be in a stable condition and recovering in hospital.

"We have taken all the precautions required by law to protect the girl's right to health and life," Jeyson Auza, the minister of health and sports, said.

The suspect, who has not been named, is currently being held in custody, according to local media outlet El Deber.

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

The girl was determined to be 21 weeks' pregnant after the first ultrasound was performed by doctors.

Abortion in generally illegal in Bolivia, but exceptions are granted in cases of sexual assault, congenital malformations or when the mother's life is in danger.

– Australscope

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