*A baby at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri was recently diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, a rare type of blood “cancer,” which made doctors question if there was more to why the baby has this in the first place. Their suspicions were aroused because the blood disease is a rare genetic disorder that can be acquired or inherited, and is in some rare cases, the result of incest.
Though Dr. Michael Jordon, a pediatrician that works with hematology and oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, tells The Stir that, “Recessive genetic disorders [like HLH but not excluded to HLH] may be more common when parents are related, but the vast majority of parents in the U.S. who have children with HLH aren’t related,” [but] there is still that small possibility that made doctors suspicious enough to contact the police in this case.
They questioned the child’s mother, who reportedly admitted that a relative had gotten her pregnant when she was under 17. The relative, Steven DeMaranville, 36, admitted to this and has since been arrested.
Reportedly, the teen mother has an IQ of 67 and didn’t “comprehend the severity of the situation,” according to police. It was during an interview with police that DeMaranville admitted to having sex with the mom of the 2-month-old baby.
Though it’s still unclear how the two are related.
While there are stories about consenting adult relatives who have decided to become sexually intimate, such as the story we posted recently about a couple who learned that they are brother and sister on a radio program and decided to remain as such, some of them do actually have children together but we generally don’t hear too much about the damage this can inflict on those children — not only psychologically, but physically.
Still, there are reasons why virtually all societies have made inbreeding taboo and I am sure that the deeper one delves into research, it would show that it is not genetically advantageous to mix up the lineage.
Take the case of Aswad Ayinde. He was convicted of raping and impregnating three of his daughters. One of his daughter’s children reportedly died at age 9 due to a genetic disorder, and another child who was birthed by his daughter reportedly has a metabolic disorder as a result of the incest.
Yet and still, the legalization of incest depends on the state that you’re in. In New Jersey, sex between a father and daughter is legal if the daughter is over 18. But in Texas, an adult brother and sister were arrested just for making out.
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As for the infant that was diagnosed with the rare cancer, doctors are trying to determine a prognosis. They are awaiting the results of genetic testing.
Its sad anyway you look at it for this kid. What a horrible start in life.
If the allegations in this case are correct, the adult male took advantage of the teen girl’s youth and mental challenges — but it’s the baby who will ultimately pay the price.
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