What a beautiful thing that this family, and the 14 year-old victim, decided to give this little girl life, and to not give her away.
“A local family is celebrating the second birthday of a little girl who was born out of a sexual assault.
Last year, 33-year-old Eric Alvarado was sentenced to fifteen years in prison after sexually assaulting his fourteen-year-old sister-in-law and getting her pregnant.
Robert Price explains why the family says there was no doubt they’d keep the child.
“She’s a very happy loved little girl. And she knows it,” says Dolores Sotomayor, grandmother of two-year-old Navaeh.
Her family calls her “Nini”. And though she’s two now, Saturday’s party at San Pedro Park is their first time to really celebrate her birthday.
“To celebrate her,” says Sotomayor. “To give thanks to God that we have her.”
This time last year, Navaeh’s family was just days away from the sentencing of the girl’s father, Eric Alvarado. The 33-year-old had already pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his wife’s fourteen-year-old sister. Investigators say he’d been molesting his sister-in-law since she was eleven, only getting caught after the fourteen-year-old became pregnant and gave birth to little Navaeh.
“I still strongly believe that had she not been born, my daughter to this day would still be molested,” said Sotomayor. “Because he had such a strong hold on her.”
Navaeh’s grandmother Dolores says a lot of people — including some in her family — told them they should give the girl up for adoption.
“I said, ‘No, this is my granddaughter. You know, regardless of how she was conceived, she’s our family.’”
Now, two years later, after a tragedy that, for a time, tore apart a family, Dolores says everyone agrees. Looking at little Navaeh — seeing her sing and laugh and dance –- they made the right decision.
“I can’t imagine my life without her. There’s still pain there, but we’re moving on. And it’s getting easier.”