An East St. George woman says she is deeply saddened that a teenager she rescued from the street as a 1-year-old baby is now pregnant, about two years after the court ordered that she be returned to her biological mother.
The girl, who turns 14 this month, is scheduled to give birth in January.
She is a student at a secondary school in Kingstown and was promoted to Form 3 at the end of the last school year.
However, because of her pregnancy, the teenager did not return to school when classes resumed in September.
“It’s a sad situation that such a thing happened,” her foster mother told I-Witness News, adding that the girl has said that her biological mother’s boyfriend impregnated her.
The foster mother tells a tale of selflessness, having rescued the girl and her older brother from the streets one night.
“… the night I was sleeping [and] I heard the bawling in the road. When I came out I met two of them,” the woman told I-Witness News.
“She was going to be a year old, and the boy (the girl’s brother) was a bit bigger than her and used to strain with her and carry her looking for food for her.”
The woman, who was unemployed and has four children of her own — the youngest of which is just a little older than the little girl — took the two abandoned children into her home.
The girl’s mother, who is now 35 years old, went on to have five other children, the last of which was born recently.
“I had the two of them,” the woman said of the foster children.
“I took care of them until she reach to that age [when her mother came back for her two years ago]. She go through the pre-school, I never see anybody to bring anything for her. I was the father and mother,” said the woman who told I-Witness News that she is not related to the children in any way.
“Nobody ever came and own her and say she is mine or the boy is mine. I took her until she got big. If I was going anywhere, I tell her come let us go — both of them.
“… I wasn’t working at the time, but my boyfriend was contributing,” the woman said.
She told I-Witness News that she sent the children, along with her own biological son to pre- and primary school.
“I sent her out to school. Everything [was] good …” the woman said.
She told I-Witness News that after the girl passed the Common Entrance Examination and was placed at a secondary school in Kingstown, she went to the government an applied for Public Assistance.
“… and I used the money to pay the school fee,” the woman told I-Witness News.
But it might have been the little assistance that the woman was receiving from the state that triggered the girl’s biological parent to demand her back, more than a decade after she abandoned the child.
“One day, I wasn’t home. My boyfriend came and tell me she (the girl’s biological mother) come for the child. She dragged the child come down the hill. The child started to bawl, ‘Mommy, Mommy, Mommy” and she still dragged the child,” the foster mother said.
The girl’s cries for “mommy” were for her foster mother.
“The child came back [but] the mother took police and came for her again,” the woman said.
The girl’s biological mother then sued the foster mother.
The woman told I-Witness News that she told the Family Court that the biological mother was not a competent parent and would not take care of the child.
“But the Family Court told me that it’s her child and if she wants her child, let her have her.
“The case was adjourned and I just walked out,” the woman said.
Now, two years later, the child would be returned to the woman’s care while police investigate her pregnancy.