Taking Away 18-Year-Old Mom's Incest Baby Is The Best Thing for Everyone

Empty crib

It's a slight variation on an age-old story. Man and girl meet, flirt, fall in love and eventually have a baby together. There's only one teeny detail complicating this love affair -- the two are father and daughter. Now they're fighting for custody of the baby that their incestuous relationship produced.

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Cris, 36, and his 18-year-old daughter Sara are in love and they don't care what anyone has to say about the matter. And, amazingly, they're not breaking any Spanish laws. Incest is legal and the age of consent in Spain is 16.

Once Sara became pregnant, her mother, now divorced from Cris went to authorities to report her ex for this and other abuse he inflicted upon the family. Spanish officials told Sara she had two options: give the baby up for adoption or raise it in a state facility on her own. Instead, Sara returned home to her father. As a result, the couple has lost custody of their baby.

Here is Sara and her baby daughter.

A teenager who has sex with her father is being molested -- plain and simple. There is no question Spanish authorities have done the right thing by removing the baby from the abusive home. Let's hope they don't have to send her back to Sara and Cris.

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Cris defends his actions this way, "We may be father and daughter but she has never seen me as a parent because I am much more like a friend than a father figure.” He also says his ex-wife reported him to police because she's "just jealous."

Ugh. What a creep.

Based on research of families who fall victim to incest, sexual abuse is usually just one aspect of an environment experts call "poly-abusive," which just means that there are usually other types of abuse going on in the home addition to incest. That would certainly help support Cris' ex-wife's report to police. Even though the specific relationship between Cris and Sara might not fall on the wrong side of the law, it's likely an indicator of other potentially-criminal abuse going on in the household. 

Let's hope officials do a little more digging around and find out how many of Cris' other four children might have been abused. And if he'd be willing to couple up with Sara, doesn't that also put their baby girl in real danger from a similar fate?

Sara is the ultimate victim in this case. And while it's heartbreaking to see a mother separated from her child, Sara is clearly unable to make decisions in the best interest of her daughter's welfare. She says she loves her new baby, but at the same time chose to return home to her father (and the baby's father), which resulted in the baby being taken from them. He has manipulated her into caring more about protecting him than her infant daughter. So tragic.

Now that the public has been made aware of her relationship with her father, the baby can be kept away from the situation while the rest is investigated further. Sara will eventually grow up and have to face what happened. Victims of incest regularly struggle with all sorts of issues in the aftermath of the abuse -- ranging from PTSD to depression and anxiety. Maybe eventually Sara and her daughter can be reunited to try and build a life away from their abusive father.

Let's hold a good thought for Sara and her baby daughter. They're going to need it.

 

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