A high school student, 19-year-old Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz in El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for delivering a stillborn baby. Evelyn was a victim of multiple rapes and had been in a forced sexual relationship with a suspected gang member which she never reported it because she was afraid of the consequences. Shen then became pregnant as a result of the said rape.
It was argued that Hernandez had thrown the baby in the toilet after giving birth with the intention to kill him which was the prosecutors agreed with this claim. However, doctors were unable to determine whether or not the baby died in uterus or after he was delivered.
“I did not want to kill my son”. According to the report from BBC, Hernandez said.
Hernandez was arrested at a hospital in April 2016 about abortion – which is totally illegal in El Salvador for the last 20 years. Hernandez fainted after giving birth and loss a massive blood. It was investigated, and came out that she did not do abortion, however she wasn’t freed because “failure to seek out medical care during her pregnancy amounted to murder”- prosecutors.