A man in the UK repeatedly raped his 12-year-old stepdaughter so she would become pregnant because her mother had been sterilised.
The couple, from south Warwickshire, who are both in their 30s, have been jailed after using the girl as a 'surrogate mother' and forced her to have sex with the man until she became pregnant.
She later gave birth to a child which has now been taken into care.
The stepfather was jailed for 18 years at Warwick Crown Court after admitting two charges of rape, while the girl's mother was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rape and child cruelty.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: 'It is the responsibility of those with the gift of children to look after them and prepare them for life with love and kindness.
'Great trust is placed in the hands of those who are parents; and when that trust is broken, great damage is done to the child and to society. You planned to have a child together, but were told it was not possible.'
'You both then decided that one way forward would be for her to become pregnant and for you to raise the child.
'That was a wicked thing to do. It had no regard for her age or for the future damage it would do, or for her welfare or the welfare of any child that might be born.
'This was not just rape, but rape with the intention of ensuring the pregnancy of a 12-year-old child.'
The court heard how the 12-year-old's mother had 'actively encouraged her to become pregnant' after beginning a relationship with the man who she met online.
The pair had gone to a GP to see if the mother's sterilisation could be reversed but were told that was not possible.
The couple were caught after their GP became suspicious when he confirmed the girl was pregnant and she told a teacher her step-dad had 'made me do it'.
Source - Metro