After waiting for over a decade for justice to be served, Stevens was upset to learn that Montgomery only received a year in prison for the crime. “It was a slap in my face,” she said. Stevens gave birth to a son/brother who is albino and blind because of the inner-mixing of the same genes. Throughout the pregnancy, Stevens was unaware that she was with child until the day before he was born, after she went into labor at school. “To wait 14 years and all a person gets is 1 year? A pat on the back telling them it’s okay to m-lest your daughter, impregnate her, and for her to have a child, a blind child? It’s ok?”
Montgomery was indicted in 2000 after a DNA test confirmed that he was the father of his grandson. He bonded out of custody, and continued to live in the same small town as his daughter and their child.
After continuous prodding from Stevens, and a fire at the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office (which destroyed Montgomery’s court documents), authorities finally went forward with a trial— 12 years later. “We didn’t used to have a computerized system up here,” said solicitor Doug Barfield, who noted that they department “did not realize” that they had stalled on the case.
Stevens told authorities that her son was conceived after she was attacked by her father in the mobile home that they shared, back in 1999, but she was s -xually assaulted by him on other occasions.
Now an advocate for victim’s right, Stevens has forgiven her father but grapples with what to call her son. “That confuses me a lot. It’s like, ‘Which one are you today? Are you my son, or are you my brother?’ Because he’s really both.”
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