An Arkansas man was arrested for raping and impregnating an underage family member on July 24.
Authorities in Helena-West Helena have arrested William Maylone Watson for the rape of a 15-year-old girl who was discovered to be pregnant for the third time. Watson is a registered sex offender and is said to have been physically abusive toward the victim, says a family member who knew he was having sex with the minor.
The investigation started in April when authorities learned the victim had a 1-year-old and 6-month-old in a house shared by her siblings and mother, reports WMCA.
Detectives took DNA samples from the victim and her 6-month-old child and concluded that Watson was a suspect in the rape after he tested positive as the infant’s father.
The 15-year-old girl, her two sisters and her two children were taken from the home in April when police found the pregnant victim, according to WLOX.
The victim's mother, 36-year-old Christine Fulmer, was arrested and charged with three counts of permitting abuse of a minor, endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is being held on a $110,000 bond.
Watson was charged with rape and violating the terms of his sex offender status.