Police are searching for a male friend of a pregnant 15-year-old girl, who died on Monday.
The girl was found dead on a bed at her home in San Juan, with a pregnancy test at her side after complaining of severe stomach pains.
Investigators said the teen also appeared to have taken a cocktail of tablets and drank a cup of saffron tea.
An autopsy found that more tests were needed to determine exactly what the teen, who was a student of the San Juan North Secondary School, died from.
However, police sources said investigators are looking for a male friend to speak with him to help get some answers to questions surrounding the girl’s death.
In light of the incident, the Police Service has reminded parents and caregivers that a child is someone under the age of 18 years and should anything happen to that child, they can be held accountable.
Speaking on CNC3’s The Morning Brew yesterday, TTPS spokesman Sgt David Swanson pointed out that whenever we hear stories of minors being sexually active and getting pregnant, the public must remember that a criminal act has taken place.
The TTPS spokesman urged parents to be open with their children and talk to them about sex and sexuality so that the child can make the right choices and decisions.
He also warned parents, caregivers, and adults that they can be held accountable if they fail to take action when they learn their child has been abused in any way.
“Any parent that encourages that or knows about it and allows it they are also committing a crime. So the fact that 14, 15 year-olds are becoming pregnant, we also have to be mindful that these are criminal activities taking place under the Children’s Act,” said Sgt Swanson.
The officer added that parents and guardians are not the only ones who can be called to account for a child who is sexually active since under the law anyone who turns a blind eye is also guilty of a crime.
“The law requires that just parents but persons with responsibility for children, if they are aware of any form of abuse and they do nothing about it, they shall also be held culpable,” said Sgt Swanson.