An Indiana woman admitted in court this week that she let her boyfriend sexually assault her ten-year-old daughter, causing her to get pregnant.
The 33-year-old woman, who, to protect the girl’s identity, has not been named, accepted a plea deal on charges of neglect, assisting a criminal, and aiding child molestation.
She accepted a 20-year prison sentence with five years of probation as part of the deal to avoid trial. She also agreed not to have contact with her daughter unless a counselor allows her to meet with her.
“We were certainly ready to go to trial in a few weeks, but the emotional and psychological toll would have been significantly more (for this trial) than the Thrash trial,” Deputy Grant County Prosecutor Lisa Glancy said.
The woman’s boyfriend, Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, was convicted on ten counts of child molestation and received a 160-year prison sentence. The unnamed victim said in court that there were at least 15 times when Thrash molested her.
The mother confessed that her daughter told her Thrash had molested her, but the woman continued to live with the man despite her daughter’s pleas.
She allegedly instructed her daughter to tell people a classmate impregnated her. Neither the molestation nor pregnancy had been reported to authorities.
Prosecutors told WXIN that the girl, who is now 12 years old, gave birth to a baby boy in September 2017. She gave the baby up for adoption, and the girl is in foster care.
“She’s doing better. That’s all that we can hope for right now. She’s at a really good place,” Glancy said.