A mother in the United Kingdom has been handed a five-year sentence after forcing her teenage daughter to become pregnant, in an apparent desperate attempt to satisfy her own wish for another child. She forced the girl to inseminate herself using syringes of donor sperm she purchased on the internet. After seven attempts, the daughter became pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy at age 17.

The woman is an American divorcee living in Britain. She has three adopted children, and when denied the opportunity to adopt a fourth, she devised the plan for her oldest to give birth, intending to raise the baby as her own.

Judge Peter Jackson said the mother acted in "a wicked and selfish way" that almost defied belief.

In his ruling, the judge quoted the teenager as saying said she was shocked by the suggestion, but thought, “If I do this … maybe she will love me more.”

- George McIntyre
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