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Mother accused of letting 23-year-old have sex with 11-year-old

NEWTON, Iowa  — An Iowa mother is charged with child endangerment after police say she allowed a friend to sleep with her 11-year-old daughter and the now 12-year-old victim is pregnant.

“I’m not saying anything ’til I talk with my lawyer,” 37-year-old Tina Durant told a WHO-TV crew outside her Newton home.

According to Newton police, Durant knew that now 24-year-old Jacob White was sleeping with her 11-year-old daughter in the same bed in their home.

“During the investigation several witnesses were identified who had lived in the same residence and observed the 11-year-old victim sleeping in the same bed with the 23-year old,” the police report stated. “Witnesses indicated that they addressed it with the victim’s mother, Tina Durant, who refused to take action.”

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According to the police report, during a doctor’s appointment, the alleged victim was heard telling her mother, “I tried to tell you several times.”

Durant says there’s more to the story, but would not elaborate.

“I told them everything that I said and what went on and they still won’t believe me,” she said.

Neighbors like Gordon Jones aren’t surprised by the charges.

“Nothing surprises me anymore,” he said, “Just too much stuff goes on over there. People go in and out. You never know who’s going and coming any time day or night.”

Jones says Durant belongs in jail.

“Yeah I mean she has all kinds of people going in and out all the time. Then they had a bunch of pit bulls over there but they disappeared. You never know what’s going on over there.”

White has been charged with third degree sexual abuse.

21 comments

  • Luv Life!

    Slime of the Earth who should never be around kids let alone have any more! How dare this ugly female allow her child to be abused! She needs to go to prison!

    • Blackbeered

      C’mon folks, why are you so quick to pass judgement? All you have is media sensationalizing, probably third-hand.
      What if it turns out that the “bedmate” was born sterile and it’s immpossible that he impregnated the girl?
      Let’s wait for the facts; if you’re lucky, you’ll sit for a week listening to them in the jury box. Then, and only then, you get a vote.

    • Blackbeered

      C’mon folks, why are you so quick to pass judgement? All you have is media sensationalizing, probably third-hand.
      What if it turns out that the “bedmate” was born sterile and it’s impossible that he impregnated the girl?
      Let’s wait for the facts; if you’re lucky, you’ll sit for a week listening to them in the jury box. Then, and only then, you get a vote.

      • swayless

        What’s being sterile have to do with a 23 year old sharing a bed with a 11 year old? You got some issues guy. Seek help

  • krista

    We need to make it so all people have to qualify to be parents not just prospective adoptive folks. This garbage doesn’t deserve to have children. Now the 12 year old is going to have to deal with a full term pregnancy or is mommy dearest going to try and have the pregnancy terminated? Poor kid, too young to have to face this reality.

    • Ashley

      Just curious, where do you see a trailer park, and what does that have to do with this story? Pretty stereo-typical actually. I live in a trailer park, a very nice one, and I would never EVER let something like that happen to my daughter! It’s not where they live, it’s about WHO they are. Just saying!

  • Gail

    This piece of trash is a waste of skin, space & air! This is trash at its best. She doesn’t deserve the title of mother. People like her prove my theory that people should have to have an IQ test before being able to breed!!
    Hopefully she’ll be put in jail & never to be seen again!

  • John

    She may has been molested by a preacher and became what you now have. Someone early in her life ruined her morels . And they likely are still doing it. If she says she was molested by a prist or nun, listen to her story. But lock her up tight for what she didn’t do for that little girl. And find the one that molested her. The mom.

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