Oklahoma mother whose daughter, 12, gave birth to a 24-year-old man’s child is arrested on charges of neglect and enabling child sex abuse
- Desireee Castaneda’s daughter, 12, gave birth on July 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Castaneda had celebrated the pregnancy, even holding a baby shower
- The baby’s father Juan Miranda-Jara, 24, was arrested at the hospital
- The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16 and he has been charged with rape
- Miranda-Jara told police he’d been ‘in a relationship’ with the child since October
- The 12-year-old girl’s father is currently in prison serving a sentence for rape
A mother in Oklahoma has been arrested after her 12-year-old daughter gave birth to a baby.
Desireee Castaneda’s arrest was announced on Thursday by Tulsa police department.
The baby’s father, Juan Miranda-Jara, 24, was arrested at the hospital on July 14 and charged with rape of a minor. He told police he had been ‘in a relationship’ with the child since October.
‘The investigation revealed that the victim’s mother and family members were aware of the relationship between the victim and Miranda-Jara,’ said Tulsa police on Thursday.
‘The family permitted the relationship, and there are photos of the family throwing a baby shower for the victim and the suspect.’
Desireee Castaneda’s arrest was announced by Tulsa police on Thursday, on charges of child neglect and enabling child sex abuse after her daughter, 12, gives birth to a 24-year-old man’s child
This photo shows Miranda-Jara posing with the pregnant 12-year-old at their baby shower
Castaneda has been charged with child neglect and enabling child sex abuse.
Her daughter and the newborn baby are both in care, and said to be doing well.
The 12-year-old’s father is in prison on an unrelated rape charge.
Juan Miranda-Jara, 24, has been charged with first-degree rape of a minor after allegedly admitting to dating a 12-year-old girl and impregnating her
Police were alerted by doctors at Hilcrest Medical Center.
Police said Miranda-Jara proudly told them he was the father of the baby girl his girlfriend was about to deliver, and seemed confused as to why officers were called to the hospital.
‘They walked in just like any other couple would, excited to deliver their newborn child,’ Tulsa police officer Danny Bean told Fox 23.
Bean added that the expecting couple thought the situation was ‘kinda fine’ and did not see anything wrong with it.
The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16 years old.
Despite her young age, the 12-year-old delivered a healthy baby daughter and was later released from the hospital, but without her boyfriend.
Miranda-Jara was arrested on a charge of first-degree rape, and police have said he could face additional counts related to the underage pregnancy.
On his now-defunct Facebook page, Miranda-Jara stated he was in a relationship with the underage girl
Miranda-Jara was taken into custody on July 14 after bringing his underage girlfriend to Hillcrest Medical Center to give birth to their baby daughter
Police have not said how Miranda-Jara first came into contact with the young girl, why she was allowed to have a sexual relationship with a man twice her age, and how she was able to carry her baby to full term with the full support of her mother, and without anyone reporting the pregnancy to the authorities.
On his Facebook page, which has seen been deleted, Miranda-Jara openly stated that he was in a relationship with the underage girl and shared photos from their recent baby shower.
In one image, the man is seen happily posing with the pregnant 12-year-old wearing a floral dress and a festive sash, with pink and gold balloons and a cupcake tower in the background.
Miranda-Jara is due back in court on August 26.