A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison for raping and impregnating a severely disabled 13-year-old girl, who is nonverbal and unable to communicate.
Carlos Carrizales, 61, was given the maximum sentence in court Monday after being convicted almost two months ago of raping and impregnating the teen, The Ledger reports.
The victim, who has cerebral palsy, later delivered a baby girl who suffers from the same physical and intellectual disabilities as her mother. The baby’s DNA was used to link Carrizales to the assault, according to The Daily Ridge.
Although he denied sexually assaulting the girl, a lab report found that the baby’s DNA had a 99.99% match to Carrizales, who has been identified as a male figure in the victim’s life who had spent time in her home. The jury also convicted Carrizales of incest, although his exact relationship to the victim isn't clear.
The investigation began in December 2016 after the victim’s family noticed an unexplained weight gain and brought her to the doctor, where the pregnancy was discovered. The victim's disabilities have prevented her from understanding the attack or her pregnancy.
The pregnancy was taken to term and after a baby girl was delivered in March 2017, investigators were able to conduct a series of DNA tests to identify the baby’s father.
The victim’s mother has said the disabled teen is unable to understand her relationship to the baby.
It took a jury half an hour to convict Carrizales on March 8 after a two-day trial.
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