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Missouri man gets 11 years for impregnating young relative

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A 36-year-old Springfield man who impregnated a young relative has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

The man, whom the Associated Press isn’t naming to protect the identity of the girl who had his baby, pleaded guilty last week to statutory rape, statutory sodomy and incest in a case that left the baby with a blood disease.

The Springfield News-Leader reports an officer was called to a Springfield hospital in August to help state child welfare workers investigate after a 2-month-old baby was diagnosed with a type of “blood cancer” that sometimes results from incest.

Police say the mother is now 17 but was 16 at the time she was impregnated. The man admitted to having sex with the girl, who police say has an IQ of 67.
Information from: Springfield News-Leader