A 19-year old Alabama girl who listed her baby’s father as a 14-year-old boy has been charged with his rape. Expectant mother Mekenzie Leigh Guffey was arrested and charged after she signed up for state assistance for the child she’s set to give birth to.
Speaking to police, Mekenzie said she and the adolescent boy met through a mutual friend at a McDonalds in December last year and had sex multiple times in her car. She also told police that with permission of the boy’s parents, she stayed for at least a fortnight at his home, where the couple filmed a pornographic video. The video, which Mekenzie sent to the boy’s phone, is said to depict the boy in the nude.
Mekenzie, who is now about six weeks pregnant, is charged with a host of offenses, including second-degree rape, enticing a child for immoral purposes, and possession and dissemination of child pornography (the homemade porno). She was released from Jackson County jail after posting a $23,500 bail. Under Alabama state law, she may face between two and 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $30,000, if convicted.
Police told the press (via Times Free Press) that they are also investigating the boy’s parents for their involvement in his lover’s crimes.
Police chief Jason Hepler said that he caught wind of the illicit relationship after the Alabama Department of Human Resources notified the police of a young woman who had filled out forms listing a 14-year-old boy as her baby’s father when she sought assistance from the state’s Medicaid program. Police caught up to her and she was jailed within days of the notice.
The girl’s grandmother, Peggy Thompson, told the press (via Toronto Sun) that Mekenzie had lived through a difficult childhood, moving from “flea bag motels” to at least one mobile home with parents who abused drugs and who abandoned her to raise her younger brother on her own. Things were looking up when the kids finally went to live with their grandparents.
Thompson said that Mekenzie got a job at a rug plant after graduating high school, but fell apart after her grandfather died. Unable to work due to an injury, Mekenzie sought companionship and fell in love with a “boy who looked a lot older than 14.”
The police chief said it was no excuse for what she did, and that she showed no remorse for her actions.
“Apparently she did a lot of bragging,” he said. “She was bragging to everybody that she was pregnant by this boy. She thought it was the greatest thing, and then she found out we were involved and it was like ‘Oh, no.'”
As news of her arrest broke, Mekenzie’s Facebook page was inundated with raucous debate over the morality of her actions and over whether she deserved to be arrested for having sex with the boy. She had previously posted a picture of a positive pregnancy test and wrote “soon to be mommy” as her status, professing multiple times to how happy she was at the news of her pregnancy. Her page has since been set to private.
Mekenzie Guffey has a court appearance set for April 19.