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An 11-year-old girl gave birth at home. Her St. Charles relative is charged with child endangerment
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An 11-year-old girl gave birth at home. Her St. Charles relative is charged with child endangerment

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ST. CHARLES — A St. Charles woman was charged Tuesday with child endangerment after police say she failed to provide medical care to an 11-year-old relative who gave birth at home after the girl had been raped by a teenager.

Lesbia Cante

Lesbia Cante was charged Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, with child endangerment.

Lesbia Cante, 35, was charged with one felony count of child endangerment.

A teenager, Norvin L. Lopez-Cante, 17, was charged last week with statutory rape and statutory sodomy of a child younger than 12. Lopez-Cante admitted sexually assaulting the girl approximately 100 times, according to charging documents.

Norvin L. Lopez-Cante

Norvin L. Lopez-Cante was charged Feb. 14, 2020, with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old St. Charles girl.

The girl gave birth in a bathtub at her St. Charles home on Feb. 11. The newborn was brought to St. Joseph's Medical Center for treatment about an hour later. Detectives were notified who then went to the home and found the 11-year-old. 

Charges allege that Lesbia Cante failed to provide the 11-year-old medical care during childbirth.

Bail for Cante was set at $10,000. Bail for Lopez-Cante was set at $25,000. Both were in custody Tuesday and neither has retained a lawyer, according to court records.

Joel Currier • 314-340-8132

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