Parents charged with endangering daughter impregnated by cousin

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla couple has been charged with one count each of endangering the welfare of a minor after they allegedly allowed their 15-year-old daughter to get involved in a sexual relationship with a 31-year-old man.

Alaska State Troopers have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for the 31-year-old, who is either in Anchorage or the Mat-Su area, said trooper Investigator Ron Hayes. He and the girl are apparently cousins, Hayes said.

The girl, who is now about two months pregnant, started her relationship with the man in January, according to an affidavit Hayes filed with the charges. Both the girl's parents told Hayes they knew about the relationship and the pregnancy, the affidavit says.

Both parents told Hayes that they did not see a problem with the relationship because the Bible said it was OK, the affidavit says. The mother said ''she didn't care what the law stated and that she was the one who should decide who her kids can be in love with or not,'' it says.

The girl's parents pleaded not guilty to felony endangering charges in Palmer court Saturday, Hayes said.

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