A caregiver at a facility for people with disabilities has been arrested for allegedly impregnating a woman with the mental capacity ‘of a small child’.
Willie Shorter, 58, was responsible for the care of people with developmental disabilities at the Woodsmere Estates Group Home in Rockledge, Florida.
But staff at the home discovered one of Shorter’s 13 clients, who has the ‘mental capacity of a small child’, was pregnant in January 2015.
The child was born in May and was adopted by the woman’s family, the NYDailyNews said.
Woodsmere contacted Rockledge Police after the woman became pregnant, but there was not enough initial evidence to demand a DNA sample from Shorter.
Two men were also identified as potential fathers and were questioned, police said.
But in April last year, the woman told police that Shorter had inappropriately touched her when she lived at the Woodsmere home.
Shorter, who had previously denied having any sexual contact with her, then voluntarily submitted a DNA sample.
Investigators say results from the test indicated a 99.99 per cent match between Shorter and the baby.