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By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – The Safford Police Department and Department of Child Services (DCS) are investigating a young girl’s pregnancy for possible sexual assault.
According to a Safford Police report, a nurse practitioner from Genesis OBGYN in Tucson advised DCS of the situation after examining the patient.
According to the nurse practitioner, the 13-year-old girl is 34 weeks pregnant and it was her first prenatal visit. The nurse advised the patient’s stepmother was “guarded” about the patient being seen and would not allow her to answer any questions during the exam including who the father is.
The nurse said the stepmother also wouldn’t allow a physical examination and said the statement was made that “they did not want anyone to know of the pregnancy.”
After the exam, the nurse received a phone call advising her not to tell the patient’s maternal mother about the exam due to a pending DCS case against her. The nurse thought it was suspicious that the stepmother didn’t take the patient to a local OBGYN in Safford and informed DCS about the situation.
The case is under investigation.