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By Sadho Ram
— 20 Oct 2019, 04:32 PM
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On Wednesday, 16 October, a 28-year-old woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a minor boy
The woman, Marissa Mowry, was the boy's live-in nanny in Florida since he was 11.
According to ABC News, the alleged sexual abuse started in January 2014, when the live-in nanny was 22, double the age of her victim.
Daily Mail reported that Marissa gave birth to a baby boy on October 2014, whom she conceived after repeatedly sexually abusing the minor.
Parents of the minor, who was not named in the court documents, had no idea about the sexual abuse their son was going through at the hands of his nanny.
When Marissa gave birth to the baby boy that year, the victim’s parents believed that the nanny’s boyfriend was the father of the child.
After giving birth, Marissa stayed working at the family home and kept sexually abusing the minor over the course of several months, reported WFLA News Channel 8.
The sexual abuse came to light in 2017 when the boy finally reported about it to his mother, at which point Marissa was arrested
When the victim told his mother what had happened, she had a DNA test done.
The result proved that the victim was indeed the father of Marissa’s baby boy.
According to UK-based Metro, after being reported to police, the woman tried to blame her victim, claiming the child had forced himself on her. However, police caught her lying after they secretly recorded a phone conversation between her and the victim.
On Wednesday, the now 17-year-old father sat in the courtroom to watch Marissa sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing him at least 15 times.
During the sentencing, Marissa stood handcuffed in a red jail uniform, listening as Hillsborough Circuit Judge Laura Ward designated her a sexual predator.
While there were no witnesses who testified, Assistant Public Defender Antina Mobley made a brief mention of the woman’s past, saying how Marissa had an abusive childhood and parents who were absent from her life, reported Miami Herald.
Back in October 2014, the family had gone to visit the nanny in the hospital after she had given birth. A photograph obtained by WFLA News Channel 8 showed the young victim holding his infant son.
After the hearing, the mother of the victim spoke up, saying that parents should be warned about the dangers of female predators
"We don't think about females being predators usually," she said.
“I didn’t. And it cost me,” she urged other parents to be vigilant about their children.
“I thought of her almost as a second daughter. To think of my son as more than a child?
“I mean, we’re talking about a child who was 11,” the mother said, adding that she felt “betrayed” and “stupid” after everything her son had been through.
The victim’s mother also felt guilty for not discovering the abuse sooner.
“It cost my son his childhood. He’s not going to know his teen years like a normal teenager,” the mother said, adding that her teen son is now in his senior year of high school and juggles his school commitments with raising his young child.
According to the mother, the 17-year-old now takes his five-year-old son to school in the morning and then goes to school himself
She said that being a father has put limits on what he can do in his teenage life.
“He can’t hang out with friends after school because he has to care for his son. Dating is out because who wants to date a 17-year-old who has a 5-year-old?” she said.
She, however, emphasised that it has turned her son into an amazing dad.
<a href="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/733030/b1f8.jpg" rel="segment-296272 noopener noreferrer" target="" title="The victim cradles the son."> <img alt="The victim cradles the son." src="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/733030/b1f8.jpg"></img></a> The victim cradles the son. <small>Image via Mirror</small>
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