Desiree Castaneda was arrested in Oklahoma Thursday for child neglect after her 12-year-old daughter gave birth to a 24-year-old man’s child, according to authorities. Castaneda, 33, and other members of the family reportedly knew about and supported the illegal relationship, and even invited the child rapist to the tween’s baby shower.
Tulsa police arrested Juan Miranda-Jara at Hillcrest Hospital on July 14 when he accompanied the unidentified 12-year-old to her baby’s delivery. He was charged with first-degree rape after the child gave birth. The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16.
After the arrest, the Tulsa Police Department received questions regarding the tween’s family, and whether they had a responsibility in this situation. “At the time, we received many questions along the lines of, ‘Where were the parents?’” the police department said in a statement Thursday.
The investigation was still underway, according to authorities. Throughout the investigation, police learned that the victim’s parents were well aware of the relationship. They even threw a baby shower for the couple, inviting the child rapist to the festivities.
“The investigation revealed that the victim’s mother and family members were aware of the relationship between the victim and Miranda-Jara,” Tulsa Police Department wrote on Facebook. “The family permitted the relationship, and there are photos of the family throwing a baby shower for the victim and the suspect.”
The disgusting revelation provided sufficient evidence for Tulsa police to arrest the victim’s mother. Desiree Castaneda was charged with enabling child sex abuse and child neglect, though the police department acknowledged that “this is an arrest, not a conviction” for the proposed crimes.
The 12-year-old child’s father, who has not been named by police, “is currently in prison serving a 12-year sentence for first-degree rape, unrelated to this case,” Tulsa police said. It is unclear if Desiree Castaneda is still married to the child’s father. No other charges have been given to other members of the victim’s family at this time.
Juan Miranda-Jara made headlines when he showed up at Hillcrest Hospital with the 12-year-old victim while she was in mid-labor. “They walked in just like any other couple would; excited to deliver their newborn child,” Officer Danny Bean explained of the situation. Hospital employees then called the police. Officers arrived on the scene while the child was still in labor.
When questioned by the Tulsa police, Juan Miranda-Jara admitted that he was the father of the unborn child, but “acted a bit unsure as to why police were even getting involved.” It’s unclear whether Desiree Castaneda was present at the hospital on July 14.
Police charged Miranda-Jara with first-degree rape following the incident. Upon further investigation, the police found Miranda-Jara’s Facebook page where he posted about his relationship with the 12-year-old girl. There were also photos posted of Miranda-Jara and the victim at the baby shower.
“We don’t get this kind of call every day,” Officer Bean explained after the arrest. “It certainly was a surprise for everyone involved.”
Bean also said that “we don’t believe this is incest at this time,” but said authorities are still trying to determine details of the pair’s relationship. Police are also investigating how the 12-year-old girl carried a child through full-term pregnancy without anyone reporting it to the police, such as school faculty or family friends.
Juan Miranda-Jara was arraigned on July 20. He was appointed a public defender during the arraignment who entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. Miranda-Jara is scheduled to appear back in court on August 26 for a preliminary hearing, according to online records.