A former live-in nanny was sentenced to 20 years for sexually abusing a boy and then giving birth to his child.
Marissa Mowry, 28, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to sexual battery.
The sexual abuse started when the boy was 11 and Mowry was 22, officials said.
However, it was not until after the child’s birth that the boy’s parents discovered that he’d been impregnated by his nanny.
According to the boy, he was abused by Mowry at least 15 times over a period lasting several months.
The victim, now 17, lives with his 5-year-old son. The teen and his mom are raising the boy.
Opening up about the crime to WFLA, the boy’s mother spoke of her betrayal at the discovery of the abuse.
“I thought of her almost [Mowry] as a second daughter,” she stated.
“It cost my son his childhood,” she concluded. “He’s not going to know his teen years like a normal teenager.”
She urged fellow parents to “know the people your children are around.”
“Investigate everything,” the mother said. “You’re your children’s biggest advocate. Don’t be afraid of that.”
Before the abuse was discovered, the family had visited Mowry in the hospital and a disturbing picture of the 11-year-old and his baby was taken.
Now, the victim is in his senior year of high school and having to juggle his academic responsibilities while looking after a five-year-old.