Using DNA test, woman finds mother’s rapist

A sign for the Monroe Developmental Center at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Service Office on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, in Rochester, N.Y. A woman born to a severely disabled resident of the facility in 1986 has filed a lawsuit saying her mother was raped by an employee whose abuse was covered up by those in charge. (AP Photo/Lauren Petracca)

Using a mail-order DNA test, a woman determined that her severely disabled mother’s rapist was a staff member caring for her 37 years ago at a state home in New York and has now filed a claim against the institution.

Maggie Cruz filed a lawsuit this week on her mother’s behalf, alleging that her mother — who had the mental acuity of a 2-year-old, was in diapers and unable to care for herself — was raped and impregnated by a caretaker in 1985 while under the care of New York’s Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

Cruz alleges that her mother, identified in court documents as I.C., was living at Monroe Developmental Center (MDC) when administrators discovered she was five months pregnant in May 1986.

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