SPOKANE-- Spokane Police Detectives served Planned Parenthood with a search warrant, hoping to strengthen a child rape case with DNA evidence from an aborted fetus.
According to the warrant the detectives are trying to prove paternity by pulling DNA from the aborted fetal tissue. They want to match that DNA to an alleged rape suspect.
To protect victim privacy, no names will be used.
Police records say a 15-year-old girl became pregnant by a 21-year-old man in early August.
When her parents learned about the pregnancy from her school at the end of that month they took the teenager to Planned Parenthood.
The pregnancy test was positive. The family and teenager decided to terminate the pregnancy.
Meanwhile detectives applied for a warrant because according to documents it was possible to obtain DNA from the fetal tissue.
According to detectives, if they pull the DNA they can match it to prove paternity, and prove the allegation of third degree rape of a child.
DNA testing can take several weeks and will likely be done with the help of the medical examiners office and the Washington State Crime Lab.
It's unclear who initially reported the alleged rape, but both schools and Planned Parenthood have to follow reporting laws.
The suspect in the case has not yet been charged.
The family of the victim obtained a sexual assault protection order against the man.