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Janelle Denise Goforth Held In Alleged Rape of 15-year-old Boy

A woman from DeKalb County, Janelle Denise Goforth, has been arrested in connection with statutory rape and child molestation of a 15-year-old boy, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And there may be the possibility that she may have had the boy's child.

Janelle Denise Goforth, is 33-years-old. It was the boy's guardian, Tia Stephens, who allegedly caught Goforth with the boy. She became the boy's guardian after his mother died when he was just 8-years-old.

Later it was discovered that Goforth was pregnant and Tia Stephens became concerned because the boy was being pointed as the possible father. Now Tia Stephens wants a paternity test to determine the truth.

The baby is actually Goforth's seventh child. Her mother has custody of five of her children and an uncle has custody of the sixth.

The paternity determination in this case is going to be quite important, because it appears from the current custody situation that Goforth doesn't have interest or ability to raise her children. In addition, Stephens has said that if the boy is the father then she should be awarded custody of the baby.

Once paternity is established, the father may be ordered to pay child support for his child. A father who is not married to the child's mother generally will not be awarded custody of the child if the mother is providing reasonable care, but he may receive preference over third parties, such as grandparents or prospective adoptive parents, as is the case here.

For more information on paternity in Georgia, please see below.

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