Mother of pregnant 10-year-old is sent to prison

Mother of pregnant 10-year-old is sent to prison »Play Video
ST. ANTHONY, Idaho - A St. Anthony woman sobbed in court Tuesday afternoon as she was sentenced for endangering her 10-year-old daughter who had a baby after being raped by the woman's boyfriend, Guadelupe Gutierrez-Juarez.

Isabel Chasarez will spend between 1 and 10 years in the state penitentiary.

Chasarez was charged with one felony count of injury to a child for failing to obtain prenatal care for the girl. Her only request was that she see her four children who have been in foster care since she was arrested.

"I would like to see my kids," Chasarez told Judge Brent Moss. "They're all my life."

In September, Chasarez admitted to one felony count of injury to a child as part of a plea agreement. Knowing she would be deported immediately, the agreement stated that Chasarez would serve probation but Judge Brent Moss believes her sentence shouldn't be so light.

"I don't think that just turning you loose to the INS is the best solution for you and your children," said Moss.

Prosecutor Penny Shaul argued that Chasarez knew her daughter was pregnant but failed to do anything about it.

"She gave this child a pregnancy test in January of 2008...about four months before the child was actually born," Shaul said.

As Shaul told the court the state has no problem allowing Chasarez to see her children, the defendant sobbed then told Moss her family shouldn't be punished for her boyfriend's actions.

"She did not tell her daughter to say nothing about being pregnant. Her daughter never seemed to want to admit to being pregnant," said Brent Eames, Chasarez's attorney.

In the end, Moss ordered Chasarez to prison for up to 10 years.

"A very unfortunate event for a 10-year-old daughter who had no idea that any of this was coming partly because her mother didn't step in and help her," said Moss.

After one year, the Department of Corrections will decide if Chasarez is ready to leave prison and go back to Mexico.

If she returns to the U.S. legally, she will be on probation for the rest of her sentence.

As for her kids, she will most likely be able to see them at the Fremont County jail before she goes to Boise.