(CMR) A Jamaican man living in Florida was charged last week after reportedly impregnating a 13-year-old girl who gave birth to a son in January 2022.
Anthony Alex Brown (23) of Lauderdale Lakes was charged with one count of a lewd and lascivious act against a victim aged 12 to 16 years old.
Brown, a hotel worker, was released on a US$75,000 bond when he appeared in court and was ordered to surrender his Jamaican passport.
The complainant's mother reportedly contacted Lauderhill Police in June 2021 after she found out her daughter was seven weeks pregnant following a hospital visit.
When Brown learned of the pregnancy, he reportedly told her uncle to take her to get an abortion; however, the uncle declined because her mother already knew about the pregnancy.
As part of their investigations, the police found WhatsApp messages on the teenager's phone between herself and Brown, spanning the period February to June 2021.
They found graphic sexual text messages, pictures and videos between Brown and the girl.
The arrest warrant disclosed that the teen admitted to being pregnant to Brown in one of the messages, who allegedly told her that her mother would kill her if she had the baby.
Brown also reportedly threatened to harm her if she told anyone.
According to court documents, Brown met the girl through her uncle at a party and started a sexual relationship. She told investigators she lost her virginity to Brown on 7 January 2021 and that they would meet twice a week at her home while her mother was at work.