Earlier this week, Columbus, Ohio officials arrested 27-year-old Gerson Fuentes, suspected to be an illegal alien, after police say he confessed to raping the child on at least two occasions. He has since been charged with rape, a felony of the first degree in Ohio.
The case, however, has only gained publicity because the little girl had to travel to Indiana for an abortion, as it is now against the law in her home state. According to AP, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost questioned the existence of the girl and the accuracy of the news reports because, as he told Fox News, he had not heard "a whisper" from law enforcement about any reports made in connection with the case.
Elizabeth Whitmarsh of Ohio Right to Life tells AFN that helped get to the bottom of the situation.
"I think that is no coincidence that when our Attorney General Dave Yost went on Fox News and said that we haven't been able to find the perpetrator in this case, two days later -- praise God -- we were able to find the person that did this to her," Whitmarsh relays.
Fuentes is now jailed with a $2 million bond.
As for the girl, Whitmarsh thinks it is sad that on top of being assaulted, the only option offered to her was to terminate her child.
"We failed this young girl in this situation," the pro-lifer submits. "Instead of trying to come beside her and walk beside her and offer her true support, we offered her a band-aid solution like abortion."
Whitmarsh suggests that people pray for the 10-year-old girl, who likely became pregnant at age nine, and for her parents as they navigate their way through a tragic situation.