Tressa Middleton didn’t grow up in a stable home. Her mother was homeless, and because of that, Middleton and her brother, Jason, were split up into foster care.
After a year, the family was reunited; however, Middleton began drinking around age eight, and spent time with people in their 20s. When that was discovered, she was once again taken from her mother, however, it wasn’t long until she was placed back into her care.
Her mother was upset at the news, but Middleton didn’t tell her the whole truth. She kept the rape and the identity of the baby’s father a secret. He was the only one who knew the truth.
“I never thought about terminating,” said Middleton. “I didn’t believe in abortion, even at that age.”
“Later I was really drunk, and I was at my friend’s house and I just broke down and told her that Jason was Annie’s dad. She thought I was lying at first,” said Middleton.
Once the truth about the rape was out, her brother was arrested. A DNA test proved he was the father, and he was sent to jail for four years.
Now age 21, Middleton is speaking out in hopes of helping other victims. She has written a book titled, “Tressa: The 12-Year-Old Mum,” which she dedicated to Annie.
She told the television show last week:
I just hope one day she [Annie] does forgive me. I know it’s going to be hard for her when she finds out her uncle is actually her dad. I hope she doesn’t blame me for not telling people what actually happened when it happened and for drinking and going off the rails. I hope she understands. I’ll leave it up to her but I hope she does forgive me.